It was a typical, sticky Florida day in June when two University of Florida researchers were cruising down the highway. While the driver was behind the wheel, reading the curves of the road and navigating the peaks and valleys of northern Florida, the passenger was intently observing the terrain and surrounding plant life. The pair … Continue reading Keeping Butterflies Afloat: Adapting Roadside Maintenance to Protect Monarch Habitat, Increase Agricultural Productivity, and Save Money
Stormwater management is more than just keeping streets dry. It also means keeping water clean. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is responsible for managing the water that runs off the state highway system. Regulations require an annual target amount of nitrogen and phosphorous to be removed from stormwater runoff. To do this, FDOT constructs … Continue reading Better Together: Stormwater Facilities Target More Than Roadway Runoff
Excessive nutrients, particularly nitrate and phosphorous, are a growing concern in groundwater aquifers and springs across Florida. This causes serious environmental issues like eutrophication and degradation of groundwater quality. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) are experimenting with creative ways to remove excess nutrients from water … Continue reading Double Duty: Can Roadside Ditches Catch and Clean Water?