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Walton County begins next phase of beach protection plan

Sand berms to be created on 19.2 miles of county beaches Walton County received approval today from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to move forward with the next phase of its coastal protection plan.  Work will begin immediately to construct a sand berm on approximately 19.2 miles of Walton County Beaches, (not including beaches maintained by the state). The berms, which will be approximately three feet high and 20-30 feet back from the mean high tide water line,...

Health advisory issued for six miles of Walton County Beaches

Advisory issued for Miramar Beach east to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park UPDATE: Health Advisory rescinded June 25 The Walton County Health Department issued a health advisory this afternoon, following a report by the Walton County Emergency Operations Center of oil substances coming ashore along a six mile stretch of Walton County Beaches. The advisory covers beaches from the Miramar Beach access point eastward to the east end of Top Sail Hill Preserve State Park. Crews were dispatched immediately to...

Marine toxicologist Dr. Riki Ott to speak at public forum June 26

Dr. Ott will speak about the Deepwater Horizon spill-its impacts on people, the Gulf and the future On June 26th, the South Walton Community Council will sponsor a public forum on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The guest speaker, Riki Ott, is a community activist, a former commercial salmon “fisherm’am,” and has a doctorate in marine toxicology with a specialty in oil pollution. Living in Alaska, she experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the  Exxon Valdez oil spill—and chose to...

BP subcontractors lay boom on the Choctawhatchee Bay

Boom near Clyde B Wells Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway BP sub contractors deployed more than 8,100 ft. of boom on the Choctawhatchee Bay June 19, 2010. The boom was placed along the Intracoastal Waterway channel near the Clyde B. Wells bridge. Within the last 48 hours Walton County laid 9,300 feet of boom in the Choctawhatchee Bay as a proactive, precautionary measure. By this evening they will have staged an additional 5,000- 6,000 which will bring the total to 14,300-...

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge designated contact for oiled Wildlife in Walton County

Currently donations and supplies along with volunteers to answer phones are most needed To report oiled or injured wildlife in an area after it has been designated as oiled, call 800-557-1401 Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is now the point of contact for local response to oiled wildlife in the Walton County area. They have put in a request with BP’s training coordinator to conduct volunteer training for the general public in our area, but have not received a response as yet. There...

Beach wrack full of curiosities

That bunch of seaweed on the beach teems with life When walking the beach this spring break, pause and ponder the virtues of stranded seaweed. Those scattered clumps along the high-tide line actually have a name – beach wrack – and are a pivotal part of the beach ecosystem. “Many might think sand makes a beach, but it’s the wrack that truly brings a beach to life,” said Blair Witherington, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist who...