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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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Times report points to flaws in Florida's aquifer water flow model listen

01/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The model that Florida regulators use to issue water pumping permits is likely to severely underestimate the rate of water flow in the aquifer because of a type of geology called 'karst.'

According to an article in Monday's Tampa Bay Times by reporter Craig Pittman, that could be contributing to pollution and low flow of springs in the state.

The story is ca...

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Tampa Bay Water will appeal reservoir lawsuit they lost listen

06/20/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Monday in Clearwater the Tampa Bay Water board of directors voted to appeal a lawsuit they lost against the company they feel is responsible for the cracks in the region's failed reservoir. The board met in private with legal counsel for a little over one hour before making the decision.

Tampa Bay Water lost its lawsuit against HDR Engineering in April. The region's water utility claims HDR is responsible for cracks in the [C.W. B...

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UNESCO water conference at USF emphasizes sustainability listen

05/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of researchers is coming up with ways to make sure that people in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the world continue to have enough usable water. During an international research institute conference at USF this week, water experts mulled ways to keep water from becoming a scarce commodity.

Tampa Bay Water’s water quality assurance officer Christine Owen said the region’s water deficit until 2009 was more than 70 million gallons. Now they are implementing ways of getting mo...

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Florida's drought; unreasonable private sewer rates

04/30/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s show with an interview with Robyn Felix with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Yep, it’s dry and looks like it’ll be that way for another month. On water conservation the first thing Robyn mentioned was checking for leaks and there’s more in www.watermatters.org about finding them. Joining the show next was a resident of Polk County whose sewer rates recently tripled. Kelduyn Garland claims that Aqua Star, her sewer provider that’s owned by an ...

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Palestinian Playwright Uses Peaceful Methods to Challenge Israeli Occupation

04/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with a Palestinian peace activist. Award-winning Palestinian playwright Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour (Abed) is the initiator of “Beautiful Resistance” and director of Alrowwad, an independent center for artistic, cultural and theater training for women and children. Located in Aida Refugee Camp, Alrowwad aims to replace the ugliness of violence with the beauty of creativity. By telling about the success of ...

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Tampa City Council passes update to summertime fertilizer restrictions listen

04/20/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa has an ordinance that restricts the sale and use of fertilizer during the summer months to cut down on water pollution. Thursday the council unanimously made minor changes to that ordinance.

The city council chamber was full of citizens and members of interest groups wearing pink stickers. The stickers reminded the council that they agree with the fertilizer ordinance and that it shouldn’t be watered down. The ordinance is intended to in...

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Tampa Bay Water will see HDR Engineering in court; hopes to retrieve $90 million or so listen

02/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Cracks in the new C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir were found in 2006. Then, Tampa Bay Water filed suit against the companies responsible for the damages including HDR Engineering. After a series of back and forth negotiations, the Tampa Bay Water Board voted unanimously today to approve an expedited process called a summary jury trial. The lawyer Tampa Bay Water has hired for the case, Ri...

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