Environmentalists urge DeSantis to declare Red Tide emergency

PALMETTO — Decades of progress cleaning up Tampa Bay could disappear in a couple of years without vigilance, two top estuary management officials warned Friday, as a toxic Red Tide bloom torments the region. They held up the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s East Coast as an example. The lossContinue Reading

Tampa Bay has Red Tide questions. Here are some answers.

For centuries, it has plagued Florida’s Gulf Coast. Now it has returned to Tampa Bay to afflict everything it touches: The ecosystem, the economy, people’s livelihoods and their health, and especially the waters of the bay itself as it kills hundreds of tons of sea life. But what is RedContinue Reading

piney point

Permitted emergency discharge at Piney Point (Commissioner Misty Servia / Facebook) By Larry Brand 04-08-2021 10:54:39 Millions of gallons of water laced with fertilizer ingredients are being pumped into Florida’s Tampa Bay from a leaking reservoir at an abandoned phosphate plant at Piney Point. AsContinue Reading

Suncoast Waterkeeper, Tampa Bay Waterkeeper say DEP failed

As wastewater from the old Piney Point fertilizer plant property in Manatee County continued to be pumped out Wednesday at a rate of 38 million gallons a day and dumped into Tampa Bay, state officials announced two companies have been hired to treat the water before discharging. “The Florida DepartmentContinue Reading