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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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Alafia River may be the answer for a thirsty region: Tampa Bay Water listen

02/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Alafia River in south Hillsborough County has been a source of water for the Tampa Bay region since 2003. It accounts for about one fifth of the supply. But Alison Adams, a senior manager for Tampa Bay Water, said more needs to be pumped from the river to meet rising consumption. Right now the utility is allowed to ...

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Florida reclaimed water bill encourages more reuse, but may privatize the supply listen

01/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, a Florida House subcommittee passed a bill that would shift control of reclaimed water away from water management districts and into the hands of utilities. Even though the 12 to 2 vote shows support from representatives, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

Only hours before yesterday’s agriculture and natural resources subcommittee session, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, a Democrat, urged lawm...

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Tampa Bay Water opposes hunting on Cypress Creek wellfield public land listen

12/20/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Southwest Florida Water Management District’s proposal to allow hunting on some public land met opposition Monday from Tampa Bay Water. The board of directors of Tampa Bay Water opposed changes to SWFWMD’s land management plan that would allow hunting at the Cypress Creek wellfield.

Pinellas County Commissioner and Tampa Bay Water board member [Neil Bri...

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State Rep. Franklin Sands explains his backing of a tax on bottled water

12/08/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On the first part of today's program: State Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, has filed a bill in Tallahassee to collect a fee from bottled water companies that derive profits from the free pumping of millions of gallons of water daily from Florida’s springs and other water bodies. Last week Sands’ filed House Bill 781 which would charge large users of Florida's water supplies 5 cents a gallon. I spoke with him earlier today.

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SWFWMD considers allowing hunting on some properties, but there's opposition listen

12/06/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD, is considering opening more of its public land for hunting. Recreational users like horseback riders and hikers are squaring off against the hunters to stop the plan from proceeding.

Opponents of increased hunting on three SWFWMD properties are staking much of their debate on the financial burden it could put on the agency. Those properties are [Cypress Creek Prese...

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Water managers: shortages need to be addressed, and can be listen

11/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida may not be facing an immediate water crisis, but ongoing water restrictions and ever-receding water levels in lakes and rivers shows there is still cause for concern. Today at USF’s Patel School of Global Sustainability, water management professionals brainstormed how to make consumption more efficient. Addressing the problem might wreak a little havoc at first but the school’s director, Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, said without the initial burden, changes...

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UN says world's population has reached 7 billion

10/31/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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The UN says the world's population crossed the 7 billion mark today. Although US demographers say the milestone will not be reached for several more months, what's clear is that the world's population is rising dramatically. The world reached the 6 billion mark just 12 years ago. Joining us to talk about the rapidly growing world population is Brian Dixon a Vice President for Media and Government Relations with Population Connection, the group was former...

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Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's water crisis

10/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up we’ll talk about the coming water crisis in the US with author Cynthia Barnett. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s programs. We received calls about the interview with the activists for St. Pete for Peace and we’ll hear a comment about yesterday’s Last Call show and the Republican candidates for President.

Our guest today is Cynthia Barnett author of a new book called BLUE REVOLUTION: UNMAKING AMERICAS WATER CRISIS (Beacon)....

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Tampa Bay Water approves $162 million to fix regional reservoir listen

08/15/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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After years of planning and negotiation, Tampa Bay Water has finally approved a $162 million contract to fix the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir. Tampa Bay Water general manager Gerald Seeber said the plan will not only increase water storage capacity, but also help prepare for future drought. Now that the contract was approved, it will go to design and permitting over the next year.

When th...

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