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Advocates want to clean up Florida's dirty water now and in the future listen

05/18/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: beaches, Florida, environment, Hands Across The Sand, water, pollution, garbage

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Environmentalists are focused on keeping Florida beaches clean and pristine; on Saturday more than a hundred people came together on Gandy Beach in St Petersburg for Hands Across the Sand. Residents, advocates and grassroots organizations were trying to raise awareness for a greener Florida environment.

Many of the participants came early to the beach on the south side of the Gandy Bridge to help pick up trash. Most beach-goers and onlookers didn’t see...

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Tampa Bay seagrass recovers; 40,000 acres most in 60 years listen

05/13/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa Bay, Tampa, St. Petersburg, seagrass, environment, water, fertilizer, fertilizer ordinance, pollution, oceans, SWFWMD, Tampa Bay Watch, WMNF News

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There are more acres of seagrass in the Tampa Bay estuary than any time in the last sixty years; the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Wednesday that the bay now supports more than 40,000 acres of seagrass beds.

WMNF News interviewed Kris Kaufman, a senior environmental scientist with SWFWMD.

Kaufman said their study found a 16.3 percent increase in seagrass coverage in Tampa Bay from 2012 to 2014. She said seagrass recovery requires relatively clean water and congr...

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Craft beer enthusiasts hook up with environmentalists to call for clean water in Florida listen

04/01/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Beer, craft beer, St. Petersburg, Darden Rice, environment, water

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A new alliance between environmentalists and craft beer enthusiasts has formed to protect clean water and to call on the Florida legislature to act; they argue that microbreweries need pure water to brew the best beer.

The alliance between craft beer enthusiasts and environmentalists is calling for a ban on fracking in Florida and for the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce Clean Water Act protections for state waterways.

Tuesday night at [3 Daughters Brewing](http://3dbrewing....

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Florida farmers paid by state to store water: conversation with Craig Pittman

03/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: water, Florida, Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, pollution, Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, Lobbyists, sugar, corporate welfare

On WMNF News' MidPoint we spoke about the crucial issue of water in Florida with Craig Pittman, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. His latest article is “Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee.”

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The fight to save what is left of the Everglades listen

03/05/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: The Everglades, pollution, environment, Amendment 1, water, Lake Okeechobe, Tom Van Lent, Julie Hill-Gabriel, Everglades Foundation, Audubon Society, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In November, voters approved Amendment 1 to allocate money for environmental conservation in Florida. This brings renewed hope for the restoration of the Everglades, which has been devastated by development and pollution over the last century. Waters that once flowed in a wide river from Lake Okeechobe to the southern tip of the state have been dammed and diverted to the east and west coasts, polluting the estuaries there with agricultural pesticide run-off and starving the Everglades of wate...

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Report exposes link between dirty money and Florida's dirty waterways listen

02/25/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Enironment Florida, Buckeye, Koch, Darden Rice, Saint Petersburg, Clean Water Act, Florida Clean Water Network, pollution, EPA, Florida, water

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The advocacy group, Environment Florida, exposes top water polluters and the influence of dark money flowing into Florida in a report released today. The revelations impact local, state and federal policy makers.

On the steps of the St. Petersburg City Hall Tuesday, politicians and members of environmental organizations gathered to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the federal Clean Water Act in place.. According to the [report](http://www.environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/poll...

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A look at the struggle between the feds and Florida for regulation of some state waters listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, EPA, Environment Florida, Florida, environment

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It’s still an open question: who will regulate hundreds of small waterways and wetlands in Florida; will it be the federal EPA or the state?

To look at the history of the controversy and what the near future might hold, WMNF spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

According to a press release, Senator Bill Nelson's staff issued the following statement at Tuesday morning’s news conference:

“Florida’s tourism economy, fisheries and natural resources ...

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Environmentalists plan to march on Rick Scott's beachfront home Saturday listen

10/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, Rick Scott, Naples, environment

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Environmentalists concerned about clean water will march on Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront home this weekend in southwest Florida.

The “It's All About the Water” march begins at the Naples Pier Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Last week I interviewed Karen Dwyer, cofounder of the Stone Crab Alliance, about the upcoming march.

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Water management district seeks input on minimum water flows and levels listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SWFWMD, water, rivers, streams, lakes, ecology, environment

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To make sure the ecologies of the region’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands stay in balance, the Southwest Florida Water Management District sets minimum flows and levels, then makes sure too much water isn’t taken out.

In a workshop Wednesday night, SWFWMD is asking for public input in setting those levels. Doug Leeper is their chief advisory environmental scientist.

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Three Florida springs could be getting additional protections listen

08/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: SWFWMD, springs, Crystal River, Rainbow River, Weeki Wachee, Gulf of Mexico, environment, rivers, water, Seán Kinane, WMNF News

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Three of the largest freshwater springs systems in our region could be getting more protection; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is adding the Weeki Wachee, Chassahowitzka and Homosassa Rivers to a priority list.

The other two first-magnitude spring systems already on the SWIM program priority list are the Rainbow River and Crystal River / Kings Bay.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Veronica Craw, springs manager with the Southwest Florida Water Management District ...

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