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New Tampa residents livid about sky-high water bills listen

01/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some New Tampa residents saw their water bills soar in November and December. Dozens of them packed a town hall meeting this morning to find out why – and few left satisfied.

Deborah Bernard lives alone in Northeast Tampa. Her last water bill was forty-eight dollars. She was probably expecting her balance due this time around wouldn’t be much different. That’s why she was a little surprised when she got her bill.

That $863 is for an estimated 105,400 gallons of water – that’s enough to ...

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Tampa Bay Water gets 90 million gallon/day permit listen

01/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The board that oversees water usage in the Tampa Bay area has granted Tampa Bay Water permission to withdraw 90 million gallons of water per day for another ten years. This means the area’s biggest supplier of water can continue withdrawing the vital resource from area lakes, streams, and the rich aquifer that underlies much of the Sunshine state. Today water manager Alba Mas told the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board the agreement comes with several conditions. ...

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Environmental activist concerned about toxins from landfill sinkhole getting into aquifer listen

12/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Tuesday, a large sinkhole opened in a southeast Hillsborough County landfill. Some environmentalists are concerned the toxins from the landfill could contaminate the aquifer.

The 25-year-old landfill is operated by Waste Management and according to the county's website, the facility receives non-processable solid waste, shredded tires and demolition debris. I only has a clay lining.

Vivian Bacca is a board member of United Citizens Action Network and is active in community and enviro...

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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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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, birds, ...

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Long Process of Repairing Tampa Bay Reservoir Continues. listen

04/19/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Water Board held a public meeting this morning in Pinellas County. They discussed the reservoir, and progress on its renovation.

Over three and a half years ago, the first cracks—measuring 1,900 feet—were discovered at the newly erected C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Hillsborough County. John Kennedy, a Tampa Bay Water engineer and project manager, said the cracks b...

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SWFWMD Board Considers Impact of January Freeze listen

03/30/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During this January’s hard freeze, farmers sprayed well water onto their plants to protect them from the cold. There’s still controversy over who will pay for damaged wells and roads.

More than 50 people today attended the Southwest Florida Water Management District Board meeting at Hillsborough Community College Plant City campus. Plant City homeowner Steven Gambrells is concerned that the high volume of water pumped from the Flori...

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The future of water availability and desalination in Florida listen

03/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday was World Water Day. We brought you the first half of an interview with Sandra Postel, an international water expert and the National Geographic Freshwater Fellow in 2010.

Today, in part two, Postel speaks about how Florida is affected by water issues.

The Apr...

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World Water Day focused on important natural resource listen

03/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A United Nations report out today says that polluted water kills more people than all violence and war combined.

The report, called “Sick Water?” was released on World Water Day by the U.N. Environment Program.

One finding of the report is that three liters of water are needed to make just one liter of bottled water. The bottled-water industry in the United States uses 17 ...

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Water Summit Shows Disconnect Between Officials and Conservationists listen

03/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Hillsborough’s City-County Planning Commission held a forum to brainstorm on how to deal with diminishing water resources amid a growing population. The event attracted everyone from county officials to activists, though not everyone was satisfied with what they heard.

County Planner Melissa Zornitta says that, despite recent stats showing a net loss, Hillsborough County’s population is growing.

One of her colleagues said that this translates to adding to the current number by the...

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