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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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Three feet of muck lines portions of Tampa Bay floor listen

06/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Right now there may not be any crude lapping onto the shores of Tampa Bay, but water quality here has certainly seen better days, especially in the bay’s upper parts. A thick layer of muck covers much of the bottom of upper Tampa Bay, but scientists say there are a couple of easy fixes.

It’s shaping up to be a scorcher as Ed Sherwood, a scientist with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, drops what looks like a solid metal trap into the waters of Old Tampa Bay. It’s attached to a long rope...

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Hillsborough County Commissioners Delay Vote on Fertilizer Ordinance listen

06/10/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to delay a decision on an ordinance that would ban the use and sale of fertilizer during the summer rainy season. They delayed their decision despite a packed public hearing earlier today.

Scientists, lawn care specialists, environmentalists and citizens crammed into a public Environmental Protection Commission hearing to listen and provide arguments for and against a proposed ordinance that would ban residential use of fertilizer between June 1 a...

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The suffering begins on the Gulf Coast listen

05/10/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Oily tar balls are rolling into the pristine bayous and islands ...

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Richard Heinberg on BP oil leak and a post-carbon world listen

05/04/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Richard Heinberg is senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, former advisor to the National Petroleum Council on Peak Oil, and author of several books on ecology and oil depletion.

WMNF asked Heinberg how the Deepwater Horizon spill will effect the Gulf of Mexico.

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USF St. Pete, Dali Museum Celebrate Earth Day listen

04/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Have you ever seen a teal bee? Their brilliant metallic bodies look like something out of a storybook. There were several on USF’s St. Pete campus today, thanks to Sarasota County agriculture expert Robert Kluson. He was on campus for a weeklong Earth Day Celebration, and said there was another place you can find the unusual-looking insects.

Kluson was one of several demonstrators set up on the freshly-minted greenspace at the heart of the campus. Briton Cleveland, president of the schoo...

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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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Offshore drilling opponents protest Gingrich listen

04/01/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Speaker and possible Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich hosted a jobs summit in St. Petersburg yesterday to promote ways lawmakers can create jobs now.

But his idea for more oil drilling was met by scores of protesters.

The jobs plan presented by Newt Gingrich at the American Solutions Real Jobs Summit was a conservative policy wish list: reduce government spending, balance the budget, lower taxes, and develop America’s energy supplies. ...

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Activists request Florida Forever funding statewide and at Sacred Lands listen

02/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In his budget request for the current year, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has included funding for the purchase of environmentally sensitive lands through a program called Florida Forever.

But it is uncertain whether the state’s legislature will resume funding the program.

Democratic state legislator Rick Kriseman, who represents parts of Pinellas County, says h...

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Florida's aquatic problem with invasive species listen

01/15/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A broad coalition of groups from the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies to Dow Agro-sciences is hosting a weeklong summit on invasive species in Washington D.C. The summit is part of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week that is hoping to bring the problem of invasives to the forefront. Aquatic invasives are disrupting Florida waters.

The lionfish is a spiny, venomous fish of contrasting red and white stripes that can grow to over a foot long. Nat...

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