Lake Apopka’s water quality is improving thanks to a variety of water quality restoration projects aimed at reducing the amount of phosphorus in the lake. Pictured are SJRWMD Board member Susan Dolan, Joe Dunn from Friends of Lake Apopka, SJRWMD Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle, City of Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson and Timothy McIntee, chief executive officer of Phosphorus Free Water Solutions. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The St. Johns River Water Management District hosted a preview visit to Lake Apopka highlighting a project that will soon use innovative technology to remove phosphorus and continue improving the lake’s water quality. The technology was successfully tested in 2017 on the Lake Apopka North Shore. Following a competitive bid process, this new project is the next step toward securing further water quality benefits for Lake Apopka.“The promising test project results convinced us to move ahead with this new method of improving water quality,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “This next stage is a pay-for-performance demonstration project that will help us continue our work on behalf of Lake Apopka while embracing our enthusiasm for innovative, collaborative ventures.”“We’re excited to be putting our innovative CleanWater technology to work at Lake Apopka,” said Don Luke, chief operating officer of Phosphorus Free Water Solutions. “We’re passionate about the removal of phosphorus and our novel, environmentally friendly process to remove contaminants from our water and waterways is proven to deliver verifiable results, which the district will only pay for when results are delivered. Together, with the St. Johns River Water Management District, we look forward to preventing future algae growth and improving overall water quality at Lake Apopka and downstream water bodies.”This project uses a new, non-traditional treatment technology that focuses on removing phosphorus directly from the water. Reducing phosphorus will improve water quality by reducing algal abundance. Downstream water bodies, including lakes Beauclair and Dora, will also benefit.As a pay-for-performance project, the district will only pay for phosphorus removed. The total project budget for the first year is $1.16 million (about $115 per pound of phosphorus removed).Construction is underway and the project will begin treating water this spring. St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay. TAGSLake Apopka North ShoreSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleHow to change from a mosquito into an orange Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here
The members of Phish have long been Prince fans, getting their start around the same time when Prince was peaking in his popularity during the 1980’s. While Phish has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain” many times over, and even “1999″ on New Year’s Eve 1998, the band’s ties to the Purple One run even deeper than covering his music.In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Trey Anastasio recalls a singular night – November 11th, 1996 – that Phish and Prince crossed paths. The entire band was invited to Prince’s Paisley Park mansion when they were in town for a show in Minneapolis.Anastasio recalls the intimate crowd, which included Ziggy Marley, Boyz II Men and a couple hundred others. “We were kind of standing in the corner,” said Anastasio. “One thing I remember is he didn’t serve cocktails, so in lieu of cocktails he served little Captain Crunch cereal boxes. I thought that was the coolest thing.” At the party, Prince plugged in and played some tunes with his band. Anastasio recalls the music vividly. “It was really cool. He was such a great guitar player, but people don’t point out he was a great rhythm guitar player. The band was playing this funky stuff. He had a woman singing with him, a kind of gospel singer, and she stepped out and started killing it. He stepped back, and I remember thinking that everybody tries to play like James Brown’s rhythm guitar player. Jammy guys do it a lot, and they all get it wrong, myself included. He was playing the most badass little rhythms with the drummer as soon as he got out of the spotlight. I was so fascinated by what he was playing. That’s when I noticed what a great guitar player he was.”He continued to muse over Prince’s musical abilities in the interview. “The guy had the best bands… They were unbelievable. And that’s a skill in itself. Zappa didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Prince didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Bandleading is an art form. I have a little bit of experience in this, and let me tell you, I always admire people who consistently have great bands. Prince had figured out a way to hire really unique, really talented, really tight bands. And it’s easy to get one. But try getting two or three. That’s different. It’s horrible that he’s gone. I was heartbroken. He was way, way too young.”While Anastasio never got to meet Prince, he was certainly in awe of his talents. “I don’t think he would have known who I was, but it didn’t matter.” He also called it “an unforgettable night.” RIP, Prince.