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Environmentalists in 16 Florida cities demand state action to promote clean water listen

01/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentalists in Tampa are joining 15 other communities across the state in signing a clean water pledge Wednesday. During a rally on the Riverwalk behind the Straz Center, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner added his name to the list of elected officials and activists who are demanding the state do more to protect water.

“We also have an issue in Hillsborough County of individuals having access to clean, affordable drinking water. It’s something that so many of us take fo...

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Hillsborough County's Adopt a Pond Program; and Edward Snowden on the Run from the US Government

06/24/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of the program we’ll talk about an important local environmental program in Hillsborough County- The Adopt a Pond program. On the second part of the program we’ll talk about Edward Snowden- the private contractor who has become a whistleblower revealing the extent of US spying on electronic communications.

John McGee and Jennifer Aragon are live in the studio with us—she's with the Hillsborough Co...

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Summer fertilizer restrictions go into effect Saturday in Tampa, Pinellas and Manatee listen

05/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday is the official start of hurricane season. It’s also the unofficial beginning of the rainy season in Florida and when some local fertilizer restrictions go into effect.

Beginning June 1, residents of Pinellas and Manatee counties and the City of Tampa can’t apply phosphorous or nitrogen to their lawns.

We spoke with Nanette O’Hara, the public outreach coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

"On June 1st, restrictions on use and sales of lawn or landscap...

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All four regions of Tampa Bay met water quality standards in 2012 listen

02/20/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The water quality in Tampa Bay continues to improve.

Tuesday the Tampa Bay Estuary Program released results of their 2012 water quality survey and for the fourth time since assessments began in 1974 all geographic regions of the bay met quality targets.

Ed Sherwood is senior scientist at Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

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Tampa City Council passes update to summertime fertilizer restrictions listen

04/20/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa has an ordinance that restricts the sale and use of fertilizer during the summer months to cut down on water pollution. Thursday the council unanimously made minor changes to that ordinance.

The city council chamber was full of citizens and members of interest groups wearing pink stickers. The stickers reminded the council that they agree with the fertilizer ordinance and that it shouldn’t be watered down. The ordinance is intended to in...

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Pinellas County Commissioners discuss water fees and cleaning up waterways listen

08/09/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners discussed a possible water tax decreases for residents at Tuesday morning’s public hearing. They also touched on the issue of next year’s Republican National Convention.

Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) spokesperson Corri Cutler says even though Pinellas and Pasco counties’ general tax fund will increase, residents may see a decrease in their water tax.

“But what they will see is there won’t b...

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NRDC releases beaches scorecard; Florida scores well except for effects of BP oil listen

06/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Bay Beaches will likely be packed this holiday weekend, and an environmental study out today ranks beaches nationwide on pollution and closures. Despite oil hitting the Panhandle last year, Florida Beaches as a whole didn’t fare too poorly.

"Beaches in Florida, the overall picture is that 4 percent of the samples exceeded national standards in 2010."

Jon Devine, senior lawyer...

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Tampa council approves fertilizer ban listen

06/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council approved an ordinance banning the sale of nitrogen and phosphorous lawn fertilizers during the rainy season. Environmentalists like Sierra Club field organizer Cris Costello hailed the measure as key environmental protection.

She said this makes Tampa the largest city in the state to adopt such a law. Supporters were time-pressed to get the measure passed. State lawmakers passed a law during session creating a statewide fertilizer policy for Florida cities and counties t...

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Tampa City Council closer to rainy season ban on nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer listen

06/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has passed on first reading a fertilizer ordinance that would cut down on the pollution that drains from lawns into the region’s waterways, including Tampa Bay. The excess nutrients lead to algae blooms. Five members of the public spoke in opposition to the ban this morning. But double that number, including local Sierra Club representative Phil Compton, urged Council to support a rainy-season ban on sale and use of nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizer.

"This is an appro...

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Tampa moves forward on summertime fertilizer ban listen

05/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A state law preventing summertime fertilizer bans goes into effect July 1. Tampa City Council could beat the deadline by taking up the first reading of a fertilizer ordinance next week.

The good news for environmentalists? The Tampa City Council unanimously agreed to discuss a fertilizer ban at the next city council meeting. The bad news? An unrelated workshop item on today’s city council workshop agenda went well beyond its allotted time, so the specifics of the proposal are yet to be d...

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