Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance – Fish ID

The hot summer sun bounces off the water’s surface on Western Lake in Walton County. Challen Hyman, joint environmental research scientist with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute​ at Northwest Florida State College (MKEI), readies a seine net, as Brandy Foley, CBA monitoring coordinator, checks their location. Richie Gray, MKEI…

Hook and Trigger – Bringing Touch Tanks to Kids

Just after dawn breaks in Northwest Florida, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) staff and AmeriCorps team members are up to their knees in the calm waters of the bay. Working in pairs, they use long seine nets to scoop up aquatic critters, carefully transferring them to a cooler for transport to elementary schools in Okaloosa and…

Hook and Trigger – Keeping an Eye on Algae

Bruce and Susan had already unloaded their aluminum jon boat into Fuller Lake when I arrived on a windy afternoon with a kayak. Located within the Coffeen Nature Preserve and bordered by tall pines and titi trees, Fuller is a coastal dune lake that in turn drains into Morris Lake before intermittently outfalling into the…