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Environmentalists in 16 Florida cities demand state action to promote clean water listen

01/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: EPA, DEP, water, clean water, Florida, Kevin Beckner, Mark Danish, fertilizer

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Environmentalists in Tampa are joining 15 other communities across the state in signing a clean water pledge Wednesday. During a rally on the Riverwalk behind the Straz Center, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner added his name to the list of elected officials and activists who are demanding the state do more to protect water.

“We also have an issue in Hillsborough County of individuals having access to clean, affordable drinking water. It’s something that so many of us take fo...

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Pat Kemp talks with Chris Costello of Sierra Club listen

11/19/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: water, Chris Costello, Sierra Club, manatees, pollution, Everglades

Pat Kemp talks with Chris Costello of Sierra Club about the growing toxic blooms and pollution in waters across the state including the death of more than 700 manatees this year.

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Activists aim to spook lawmakers into increasing protections for waterways listen

10/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, clean water, Gulf Restoration Network, Environment Florida, Sierra Club, EPA, Clean Water Act

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Some waterways haven’t been protected under the Clean Water Act over the past decade because of some Supreme Court rulings. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule change that would close those loopholes. At a press conference Wednesday at Rivercrest Park in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Environment Florida’s Jennifer Rubiello said without the change water bodies considered unnavigable are vulnerable to pollutants.

“This did not used to be the case, s...

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Some researchers point to climate change in algae blooms and other water woes listen

10/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: water, algae, nutrient pollution, climate change, global warming, fisheries, the Gulf of Mexico

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Scientists are studying the effects of harmful algae blooms on water supplies and ecosystems. During a five-day symposium in Sarasota looking at the science behind algae blooms and other harmful outbreaks, experts tied increasing water problems to climate change. Patricia Tester, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, studies bacteria that cause Ciguatera fish poisoning.

“The Food and Drug Administration picked up Ciguatera fish poisoning cases in differen...

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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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