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Nanoplankton, red tide found in St. Petersburg waterways

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St. Petersburg is continuing to test waterways after nanoplankton and red tide was found in samples collected Thursday in areas where a fish kill and dead pelicans were found. City officials said a water sample collected by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff at Riviera Lake #1, the site of an initial cold weather inversion-related fish kill last week which led to discoveries of sick or dead brown pelicans, has turned up bloom concentrations of nanoplankton. Meanwhile, a water…

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St. Pete removes warning signs, continues to test water

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After recent tests on water in and around Coffee Pot Bayou came back normal, crews from St. Petersburg’s public works department have removed the warning signs from around the shoreline. The warning signs had been placed around Coffee Pot Bayou as tests were being conducted following the discovery of numerous sick and dying brown pelicans. “The water quality is not in question in Coffee Pot Bayou,” said John Palenchar, interim water resources director. “And we are working with all concerned…

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Vern Buchanan wants Congress to address Sarasota and Manatee’s red tide problem

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Florida’s Gulf Coast has been contending with serious red tide issues over the last month, and Vern Buchanan says he wants Congress to address the issue before the end of the year. “Red tide is a clear and visible threat to the Suncoast’s environment and economy,” the Sarasota Republican said in a statement Thursday. “The recent bloom is devastating vulnerable marine life and discouraging tourists from visiting our beaches and coastal businesses. Congress needs to help protect our seashore by…

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Red tide found in samples along Pinellas County beaches

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Officials say a bloom of Florida red tide remained over the weekend along Tampa Bay-area beaches, killing fish and causing respiratory irritation in swimmers. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release that high concentrations of red tide were found recently in samples taken from beaches along Pinellas County. Low levels of red tide were also present in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Red tide is an algal bloom that can be harmful for fish,…

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Important Pinellas County Commission public hearing to pass fertilizer management ordinance tonight

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For all those who are concerned about the quality of our waterways, please attend the public hearing this Tuesday night, January 19th, when the Pinellas County Commission will vote on the important Fertilizer and Landscape Management ordinance. We need your support for this important water quality measure. National industries have taken an unprecedented interest in trying to stop this important step toward sustainable practices in Florida and nationwide. Last year, the St. Petersburg City Council showed the way when it…

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