Environmental Benchmarks Briefing Nancy Gassman Environmental Protection And Growth Management Department Coordinating Council of Broward, Quality of Life Committee October 13, 2008. The Challenge for the Environment in Broward County.
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Environmental Benchmarks BriefingNancy GassmanEnvironmental Protection And Growth Management Department Coordinating Council of Broward, Quality of Life CommitteeOctober 13, 2008
No additional funding from the 2000 Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Program is available. Programs focus is now on proper land management of the sites acquired.
The overall number of sea turtle nests are declining.
Nests are no longer being relocated to hatcheries in an effort to increase nesting success.
Manatee population estimates remain encouraging while local manatee mortality has declined.
Recent beach renourishment activities have improved the spatial extent of the beaches. Recent hurricane and tropical storm activity increased coastal erosion.
Broward’s coral cover remains low but consistent.
Octocorals, sponge and fish abundance also tell us about the health of the reef.
Electrical usage as a total continues to climb. Reductions in 2004 were due to electrical outages associated with tropical storm power outages.
Power saving appliances, light bulbs and other practices may to preventing a greater rise in per capita usage.
Solid waste generation continues to climb. Slight reductions may be due to the slow down in construction activities.
Per capita usage continues to climb.
Climate Change presents a significant threat to Broward’s quality of life, the health of the natural resources and safety of the S. Florida community.