Eco Minute

Producer and Host

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series since 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failures and she continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive.

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Eco Minute
10:57 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Eco Minute June 17, 2014

Eco hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Oyster reefs are one of the most important natural habitats in our local waters. This is the Ecominute and I’m Christian Wagley. 

Individual oysters can build-up by the millions to form large reefs on the bottom of area bays. In providing a hard structure that creates a home for many other organisms, this makes them somewhat like coral reefs. A healthy oyster reef in Florida can support up to 170 different species of fish and invertebrates, including popular sportfish like redfish and seatrout.  

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Eco Minute
10:48 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Eco Minute June 16, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

When we talk about restoring the health of our local waterways, scientists generally agree that improving water quality is the highest priority. This is the Ecominute and I’m Christian Wagley.

Researchers measure water quality through parameters such as water clarity, dissolved oxygen, and nutrients. Seagrasses need clear water so they can get enough sunlight; aquatic animals like fish need plenty of oxygen. And marine life can be harmed by too many nutrients as they fuel the growth of tiny algae that deplete the water of oxygen when they die. 

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Eco Minute
3:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Eco Minute June 13, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Xeriscaping is water-wise gardening. This is the EM and I’m ES.  It means choosing plants that conserve water and designing landscapes that protect the environment.  Some fundamentals of Xeriscaping:  Group plants with similar water, soil, and light needs together; Choose plants that are drought-tolerant; Limit traditional lawn areas, instead, select native grasses; prior to planting, mulch and improve soil with compost and other organic matter to help hold moisture; water wisely - use drip irrigation or soaker hoses wherever practical.

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Eco Minute
3:57 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Eco Minute June 12, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Every time it rains, a valuable resource goes down the drain.  Collecting rainwater from rooftops is an ancient practice, but the use of rain barrels and cisterns has increased in popularity due to recent droughts and a cultural emphasis on being eco-friendly. 

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Eco Minute
3:48 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Eco Minute June 11, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

It’s easy to save water if you just think about what you do.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  Use a broom or rake to clean leaves and other debris from your driveway or sidewalk instead of hosing it down to save hundreds of gallons of water. 

Don’t rinse your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher – most washers can handle soiled dishes and some even have grinders.  Use the garbage disposal sparingly, compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time. 

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