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Janet Long suggests bringing all the sewer systems in Pinellas under one umbrella

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In recent months, St. Petersburg has become the poster child for a crumbling sewer infrastructure that’s dumped millions of gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay. But the problem of failing infrastructure is much bigger than St. Pete. It’s countywide. The county, Largo, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs — just to name four — also have had problems with sewer systems unable to handle recent heavy rains. It’s an urgent problem, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long said Monday. It’s one…

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DEP says St. Petersburg sewage discharges violate environmental laws

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has entered into a consent order with the City of St. Petersburg after determining the city violated environmental laws that resulted in the unpermitted discharges of sewage into Clam Bayou and Tampa Bay during August of 2015, June of 2016, and Aug. 31-Sept.13 of this year. The 11-page document was signed by Mary Yeargan, Southwest District Director for the Florida DEP and sent to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Public Works Administer Claude Tankersley on…

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City, county point fingers as sewage creates smelly problem for Tampa resident

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Sewage can be a real issue in St. Petersburg, as Tropical Storm Colin recently illustrated. A blocked pipe, where things get backed up, and people get messy. On the other side of Tampa Bay, this very same problem is making life difficult – and no doubt smelly – for one Tampa resident. Janice Albury, 53, owns and operates See Saw Junction, a Hillsborough County day care center located at 8720 N. 40th Street in Tampa. On four separate occasions between…

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Rick Kriseman’s BP settlement plan tabled until something’s done about sewage problems

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St. Pete City Council will not be immediately voting on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s plan to spend $6.5 million awarded the city through a settlement with BP on a variety of projects. During a Public Services and Infrastructure Committee meeting Thursday morning, council voted to put off allocating the funds. At issue is the raw sewage dump in August that continues to haunt Kriseman. In response to an overburdened system during what the city describes as a 100-year rain event, the…

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