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Excessive flooding and climate change spur stormwater talks in Tampa listen

06/05/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: NOAA, stormwater, flooding, climate change, Tampa City Council, SWFWMD

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Tampa city council is taking a tough look at how to improve stormwater drainage. The move comes after heavy rainfall last month left people in parts of north Tampa stranded on flooded roads. One woman, Ingrid Smith, urged council to take immediate steps to improve.

“If you were trying to go North/South and you were between I-275 and Hillsborough River, you could not pass. Florida Avenue became totally impassable unless you had a big rig. Central Avenue became impassable. So did Highland ...

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Louisiana dolphins sick from BP oil spill listen

12/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, 2010 oil spill, NOAA, dolphins, Gulf Restoration Network

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Dolphins living in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana are in poor and sometimes grave health following the 2010 BP oil disaster. That’s based on a study released last week conducted by researchers from various governmental and private groups.

The study looked at 32 dolphins in Barataria Bay off the coast of the southeast tip of Louisiana. Of those, 29 were examined by ultrasound and lab tests. According to the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, nearly half ...

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Gulf of Mexico RESTORE Act public meeting kicks off in Tampa listen

06/25/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been more than three years since the Deepwater Horizon spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The states along the Gulf are poised to rebuild thanks in part to their membership in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, GOMA. In Tampa at the 8th annual meeting of GOMA more than 200 business people and government employees are sharing ideas about the recovery efforts.

In 2012 the US Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustaina...

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Tampa first responders are geared up for hurricane season listen

05/31/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hurricane season starts tomorrow and it’s expected to be a busy one. Hurricane experts and emergency responders will educate Tampa Bay area residents on how to stay safe when a storm threatens during a hurricane expo Saturday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there will be as many as 11 hurricanes this season. Emergency management crews are planning ahe...

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Tampa Bay residents urged to plan ahead for tornadoes and active hurricane season listen

05/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is predicting a hyperactive hurricane season with between 7 and 11 hurricanes with 3-6 severe storms. And with the nation still reeling from the catastrophic tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma this week, people are taking severe weather seriously.

Charlie Paxton is a science and operations officer for the National Weather Service in Ruskin. He says summer-time tornadoes can present a huge threat to Floridians.

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Environmentalists are still concerned about oil disaster impacts listen

04/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout in the Gulf. Many officials are touting a swift environmental recovery, but environmentalists see alarming signs that Gulf of Mexico is far from healthy.

It’s been more than nine months since gushing oil well in the gulf was permanently capped. The worst human-caused environmental disaster in US history may no longer be daily fodder for front page news, but scientists and environmental groups say the disaster ...

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USF researcher: oil still causing trouble in Gulf listen

02/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Governor Charlie Crist and failed Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink plan to reiterate their support for a constitutional ban on oil drilling in state waters tomorrow in Tallahassee. To those who watched last year’s gulf oil disaster from afar, the problem may seem all but gone. But to researchers at USF St. Petersburg it’s still out there, weathered beyond smithereens, menacing the Gulf of Mexico food chain. Speaking to students and faculty recently at USF’s St. Pete ca...

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Charter, private fishing boats may be regulated separately listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida is dubbed the fishing capital of the world, but overfishing has threatened this key industry for years. Charter fishing boat operators, environmental groups, and other stakeholders are meeting in Tampa this week to discuss a policy that may change the way fishing is regulated.

The concept is called "sector separation." It would result in a separate set of rules for those who, say, fish off bridges or their own boats, and those who make a living taking people out on charter boats. E...

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Nearly six months after Deepwater Horizon explosion, cleanup continues listen

10/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Next week marks six months since the blowout at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The well is dead … the Obama Administration lifted its ban on deepwater drilling … but the story is far from over.

For those who watched the disaster unfold in what seemed like slow motion, it may feel like years since those initial reports of an explosion that killed eleven rig workers in the Gulf. At times, it almost seemed like a suspense flick. But the narrative arc of the biggest environmental disaster ...

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Sen. Nelson livid over Gulf spill misinformation listen

10/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A report alleging the federal government blocked worst case estimates of the Gulf oil gusher is bad news for the Obama administration, which is already having trouble with its image. Today that didn’t stop Bill Nelson from blasting its supposed decision to severely downplay the oil flow.

In a conference room overlooking the Downtown St. Petersburg waterfront today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is fuming.

Nelson has been one of the harshest critics of BP’s and the government’s respo...

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