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There's hope for climate change in Florida says environmentalist listen

09/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: environment, water, global warming, climate change, Stetson, estuaries, John Kostyak

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Studies show that parts of South Florida have already seen 9 inches of sea level rise with another one to two feet predicted by 2060. The head of the National Wildlife Federation, John Kostyack, spoke to students at Stetson University College of Law Thursday about what has been done to preserve sensitive areas and habitats as well as what still needs to be done.

Kostyack is a legal advocate of Endangered Species Act policy and works to protec...

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Summer fertilizer restrictions go into effect Saturday in Tampa, Pinellas and Manatee listen

05/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday is the official start of hurricane season. It’s also the unofficial beginning of the rainy season in Florida and when some local fertilizer restrictions go into effect.

Beginning June 1, residents of Pinellas and Manatee counties and the City of Tampa can’t apply phosphorous or nitrogen to their lawns.

We spoke with Nanette O’Hara, the public outreach coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

"On June 1st, restrictions on use and sales of lawn or landscap...

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The US is a water hog - scientists say conservation is a must listen

05/24/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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People in the United States use about twice as much water as other countries. That’s one of the many problems mulled over today by a team of researchers at an annual water conference at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability.

“About 40% of the water that we use in the region is for outdoor water use.”

That’s Christine Owen, the senior manager for regulatory compliance for Tampa Bay Water.

“And each government calculates what their per capita is. But if you look ...

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Tampa water department hashes half million dollar plan to avoid power failures listen

05/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A water boil alert that went out to more than a half million Tampa residents in February was the result of a domino effect of electrical problems that all started with a squirrel chewing through a power line. The power outage meant part of the city’s water supply could have been tainted and left residents and restaurants scrounging for bottled water and ice for 37 hours.

During a Tampa City Council meeting Thursday, Brad Baird, director of the city’s water department laid out a half...

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Clearwater breaks ground on second reverse osmosis plant listen

05/06/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning the City of Clearwater broke ground on its second reverse osmosis municipal water treatment plant to get drinking water from brackish water. Nearly 100 people gathered in a vacant lot to listen to government officials commemorate the new construction. When the second water treatment plant is finished Clearwater will be able to produce almost 100% of its drinking water.

The official name of the plant is the Reverse Osmosis #2 Brackish Water Treatment Plant; or RO2 in governmen...

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Cleaning up dirty water can create energy listen

03/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Researchers at the University of South Florida showed off their work with waste water and other testing technologies to officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. During lab tours today, Professor Daniel Yeh demonstrated how the water that gets dumped, flushed or otherwise thrown out can be put to better use.

“If you can just re-route the electrodes that’s built into the waste organic matter, we can actually turn the waste organic matter into methane which is basically natur...

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program announces which ecosystem restoration programs it would like to see funded from BP oil disaster money listen

03/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Gulf Coast will get millions of dollars for ecosystem restoration as part of fines resulting from the 2010 BP oil disaster.

A partnership of estuary protection groups and local communities has come up with a list of environmental improvement projects they hope will be funded.

One of the partners is the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Holly Greening is their executive director.

"Last year Congress approved the Restore Act, last July. That act allows 80 percent of the Clean Water ...

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Update on timeline of last week's water pressure failure and boil water notice in Tampa listen

02/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last Friday the City of Tampa lost power to a water treatment plant.

It caused a loss of pressure and a precautionary boil water notice that lasted until Sunday morning.

Thursday morning Tampa City Council members heard a revised timeline of how the problem developed from Tampa Water Department director Brad Baird, beginning with what happened after a squirrel chewed through a power supply line and the water treatment plant had to draw all of is electricity from a second power line.

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All four regions of Tampa Bay met water quality standards in 2012 listen

02/20/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The water quality in Tampa Bay continues to improve.

Tuesday the Tampa Bay Estuary Program released results of their 2012 water quality survey and for the fourth time since assessments began in 1974 all geographic regions of the bay met quality targets.

Ed Sherwood is senior scientist at Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

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WNMF wins Water Wise award

02/04/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we started with a short interview about the upcoming (February 9th) Urban Small to Large Farm Conference that takes place at the Pinellas County Extension Service, on 12520 Ulmerton Rd in Largo. Robert Kluson, the Sarasota Vegetable Extension Agent, filled us in on the details. He'll be teaching Chickens 101 at Saturday's conference. We spent the remainder of the show talking with a couple of WMNF volunteers, Paul & Gail Carroll that were i...

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