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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, bir...

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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 crac...

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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 F...

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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...

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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...

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Tampa City Council workshop on reusing reclaimed water listen

02/25/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Is using reclaimed water safe? Does it really just send sewer water to drinking water faucets? Officials from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and environmental engineers say it is safe, and will be necessary to have over the next 50 years is current supplies are to run out. Tampa City Council held a reclaimed water workshop this morning.

Reclaimed water from wastewater can be treated a...

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Hillsborough County Commission Approves ELAPP Cone Ranch Purchase listen

02/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted 6-0 today to transfer Cone Ranch from the county water utility to its Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).

The purchase will take place using $11.8 million in ELAPP bond money, which Utilities and Commerce Administrator Mike Merrill said was less than what he was hoping for.

Water Utility Director Paul Vanderploog said that not transferring the land for the price of a full assessed value that may have total...

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Reclaimed water could be cleaner than many think listen

02/16/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dirty water may mean disgust, illness and waste for many, but with treatment, it could be made suitable for reuse. Last night the University of South Florida joined city officials with scientists and water management authorities to discuss the future of using reclaimed water in Tampa.

Reclaimed water can be used for many purposes other than just giving people water to drink. It can be used for irrigation, creating wetlands, and can be injected underground to ward off salt water intrusion....

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