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Clearwater breaks ground on second reverse osmosis plant listen

05/06/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning the City of Clearwater broke ground on its second reverse osmosis municipal water treatment plant to get drinking water from brackish water. Nearly 100 people gathered in a vacant lot to listen to government officials commemorate the new construction. When the second water treatment plant is finished Clearwater will be able to produce almost 100% of its drinking water.

The official name of the plant is the Reverse Osmosis #2 Brackish Water Treatment Plant; or RO2 in governmen...

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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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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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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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Conserving the coast in the face of climate change listen

10/26/09 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A panel discussion addressing climate change’s impacts to Florida’s coastal ecosystems and strategies to adapt to warmer conditions and rising seas was hosted by the Audubon Society in St. Petersburg on Friday.

Though scientists have reached a consensus over the causes and likely effects of climate change, how to adapt to a warmer world remains fuzzy. That’s especially the case in areas where some of the greatest changes will occur, the coast. For many scientists and environmenta...

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Desal plant fully functional - finally listen

12/17/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning in Clearwater, the Board of Tampa Bay Water received a positive report on the progress of the desalination plant and also moved forward with reclassifying the Alafia River as a source of drinking water.

Tampa Bay Water is responsible for the drinking water needs of residents of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties as well as the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey.

The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant in Apollo Beach has been plagued with perform...

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