Latest Waterways Addresses Florida Panther and Water Quality
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Television viewers across Florida will be educated and entertained by the latest episode of the long-running, documentary television series Waterways that highlights recovery efforts of the endangered Florida panther, as well as the threats of pharmaceuticals and plastics in our oceans and streams.
The Waterways series is a joint project between Everglades National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, informing viewers of the diverse wonders of the south Florida ecosystem, and the research and conservation programs that protect them.
In the new episode's segment "Panther Populations Rebound," follow Everglades National Park biologists as they monitor populations of the endangered Florida panther. Viewers will learn about conservation efforts that are helping rebuild their severely depleted numbers, and the major threats to their survival.
In the "Pharmaceuticals in Our Waters" segment, scientists from Florida International University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discuss how pharmaceuticals and plastics in our waterways may be disrupting the reproductive systems of fish and other marine life.
"Waterways" airs on public and government channels throughout the state of Florida — check local listings for scheduling. Episodes can be viewed on the WaterwaysTvShow YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/WaterwaysTVShow).
Did You Know?
Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.