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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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Water restrictions will continue in greater Tampa Bay region listen

07/26/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite rain this month, there’s still serious doubt about the Tampa Bay region’s ability to manage the recent drought. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD decided to continue water restrictions in order to maintain the regional water supply.

Robyn Felix is a spokesperson with SWFWMD. She says the water restrictions will continue across all 16 counties because the lack of water during the previous year continues to impact water resources.

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International water experts, students, study Tampa Bay water supply listen

05/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida may once have had one of the world’s most richest water stores underlying most of the state, but now water managers across the state are scrambling to come up with more sustainable water sources for the coming decades. For example, Tampa Bay’s water utility is about to repair cracks in the 15 billion gallon CW Bill Young reservoir. The enormous surface water store is just part of the complex system the area uses to distribute the vital resource. An international team of water expe...

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Water management district asks governor to ax bill that cuts budget listen

05/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The agencies that oversee regional water resources may soon be in a bind if Governor Rick Scott signs a new law limiting how much they can collect from property taxes. Today the Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as SWFWMD, opted to let the governor know how they feel about the measure.

"I make a motion that we send the governor a letter asking to veto the legislation for the reasons stated here, and somebody needs to put that on paper."

That was SWFWMD board memb...

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