Environment

Homeowners Fighting To Restore Silversmith Creek

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three years ago when Ceila Lester purchased her home on Silversmith Creek she enjoyed kayaking on the waterway. But these days she doesn't.

"I can't take a kayak out because I might not make it back home before the tide changes," she said. 

Lester has pictures from 2009 of a clear pile of dirt in the middle of the creek. It is still there.

Lester said the dirt came from a drainage improvement project or septic tank phase-out project on Oakwood Drive.

"They had a water main break and when that water main broke, it washed that all here," said Lester. 

Since 2009, Lester and several of her neighbors have had meetings with JEA staffers but nothing has happened.

Refusing to give up, they submitted a petition to the utility company in April asking that the creek be restored.

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The traffic, the noise, the smell.

A lot of different reasons why Westside neighbors don't want a new landfill in their neighborhood. 

"I've lived there for 15 years. I don't want it. I don't know who in their right mind, just like I said in there, would want a landfill near their house," said Otis Road resident James Diamatta.

He was one of dozens of people in the neighborhood to speak out against the landfill, which he said will decrease his property value, and hurt the environment.

"Who wants to hear 60 dump trucks a day? On top of the traffic, on top of the fact I gotta work at night, it just don't add up," said Diamatta. 

The Council listened to more than an hour of public comment on the bill, which got heated a number of times.

Jacksonville's Water Hogs Let Millions of Gallons Go Down the Drain

Jacksonville's Water Hogs Let Millions of Gallons Go Down the Drain

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The average family uses about 6,000 gallons of water a month.  Each person in the house uses 90 gallons a day, and if you think that's a lot, wait until you see how much the water hogs in the city consume.

"Certainly we do have a set of residential customers that use more than the typical customer here," said JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce.

Well, what's typical for families in Jacksonville?

Most households are using about 72,000 gallons of water a year.

The top water hog on our list uses 1,489,949 gallons a year. That's 124,000 gallons a month.

"This takes on a life of its own when you're looking at these type of numbers," she said.

Many of the highest water consumers in Jacksonville live in large homes and gated communities, and none of them agreed to talk on camera about their water usage.

Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering

Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The city is no longer lenient with those violating water rules.

The city adopted an irrigation ordinance in 2008 in an effort to conserve water. But it wasn't until June 2010 that code enforcers began issuing tickets since the city wanted to give residents time to get accustomed to the rules.

Who's the Biggest Water Hog in Your Neighborhood? JEA Releases List of 50 Biggest Users

"Our rule emulates what the state is doing, to be consistent with the other counties around us and essentially statewide," said Vincent Seibold, chief of the Environmental Quality Division.

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Massive wildfires continue to rage throughout Northeast Florida.  The chance of potential evacuations remains high.  Many children are seeing television or newspaper reports about the risk of wildfires. Because of these factors, the Florida Department of Children and Families is issuing expert tips from Child Guidance Center to help parents address their children’s concerns.

City Issues Air Quality Advisory, Elevated Levels of Particulate Matter Detected

The City of Jacksonville’s Environmental and Compliance Department is issuing an air quality advisory today in response to smoke from fires currently burning in the area.  Elevated levels of particulate matter from the smoke have been detected and an open burning ban remains in effect. 

City Issues Air Quality Advisory: Very Unhealthy

City Issues Air Quality Advisory: Very Unhealthy

The City of Jacksonville’s Environmental and Compliance Department is issuing an air quality advisory today in response to smoke from fires currently burning in the area.  Elevated levels of particulate matter from the smoke have been detected and an open burning ban remains in effect.