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Hillsborough Commissioners vote not to ban fertilizer use in summer listen

07/15/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 5-2 this morning not to ban the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus during the summer rainy season. They made their decision in their role as the board of the Environmental Protection Commission in front of an audience filled with fertilizer representatives and environmentalists.

After months of debates and delays, Hillsborough County Commissioners decided not to follow the precedent set by Sarasota and Pinellas Counties. Hillsbor...

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Three feet of muck lines portions of Tampa Bay floor listen

06/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Right now there may not be any crude lapping onto the shores of Tampa Bay, but water quality here has certainly seen better days, especially in the bay’s upper parts. A thick layer of muck covers much of the bottom of upper Tampa Bay, but scientists say there are a couple of easy fixes.

It’s shaping up to be a scorcher as Ed Sherwood, a scientist with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, drops what looks like a solid metal trap into the waters of Old Tampa Bay. It’s attached to a long rope...

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Hillsborough Commission hears updates on oil spill and stricter fertilizer ordinance listen

05/20/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough County Commission met earlier today to hear an update of the oil spill and the likelihood of potential impacts on Tampa Bay. They also discussed preventing damage to Tampa Bay from a major on-shore pollution source – that is, residential fertilizers.

In August of 1993, a freighter and two barges collided, dumping over 360,000 gallons of oil, jet fuel and gasoline into Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay’s worst oil spill contaminated 13 miles of beaches and injured sea turtles, bir...

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EPA won't set estuary pollution standards until 2011 listen

03/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it’s not going to enforce key pollution restrictions in the state’s estuaries. That is, not until next year.

In 2008, several environmental groups sued the EPA, claiming it wasn’t enforcing the Clean Water Act in the Sunshine State. As a result, it developed standards for the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that can flow into Florida’s lakes, rivers and e...

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Hillsborough Environmental Protection Commission considers fertilizer ordinance listen

01/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, or EPC, voted unanimously today to hold public workshops on whether to limit the amount of nitrogen fertilizer applied to the lawns of county residents.

WMNF’s Seán Kinane has more.

Tampa Bay and most of the region’s waterways are loaded with nutrients, especially nitrogen, causing algae blooms which in turn cause a decline in seagrass cover due to reduced light penetration.

Scott Emery, an environmental consultant f...

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EPC considers nitrogen fertilizer ban listen

12/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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To cut down on nitrogen pollution entering the region’s water, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program has suggested that local governments forbid their residents from using nitrogen fertilizers on lawns during the summer rainy season. In their meeting this morning, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) heard about why such an ordinance is needed.

To make it easier for local governments to enact these nitrogen fertilizer restrictions, last month the Tampa Bay Estuary Pr...

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Florida Friendly landscaping imminent in St. Pete? listen

11/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida is in the midst of a severe drought, which has led to major restrictions on water use. In response, St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse announced this morning that he is requesting that the city examine landscaping on property it owns and, where appropriate, replace St. Augustine grass with landscaping that is Florida Friendly.

“And the logic of that is twofold. One, it will save money because the maintenance is radically reduc...

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