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St. Pete City Council to take up costly wastewater fix

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This week, the St. Petersburg City Council will take up one of the city’s most pressing issues — fixing its aging sewage and storm drainage system. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine exposed a host of complications in how the city handles wastewater, leading to nearly 200 million gallons of sewage being dumped into Bay area waterways in 2016.

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St. Pete to spend $16M on Northwest sewage plant upgrades by summer

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Sewage continues to be a nagging problem for St. Petersburg, after two summers with huge wastewater discharges into Tampa Bay and surrounding waters. At the center of the debate, reports Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times, is whether to reopen the shuttered Albert Whitted Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as expanding the Southwest sewage plant. Getting not nearly as much press is the city’s Northwest plant, which also suffered a massive spill after Hurricane Hermine, dumping sewage in neighborhoods…

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Joe Henderson: St. Pete’s stinky mess, sewage and politics

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is angry — MAD, I tell you! — that Gov. Rick Scott is playing politics just because the city’s streets and waterways were covered in sewage following Hurricane Hermine. Um, Mr. Mayor? I suspect you already know this, but you have a lot bigger problems than the Republican governor of the state turning a major mess in the city controlled by a Democratic mayor (that’s you, sir) into political capital. Of course, politics will be…

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David Jolly offers protection to whistleblowers on St. Pete sewer spill

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In addition to asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate St. Petersburg’s sewage crisis, David jolly is now offering whistleblower protection to anyone with information about the city wastewater spills. Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Indian Shores Republican has been working with Craven Askew, the plant operator who warned the city about shutting down the Albert Whitted wastewater treatment facility. That closure led to the Northwest wastewater plant spilling nearly 60 million gallons of partially…

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Lawmakers learn Pinellas is responsible for half of Florida’s wastewater overflow this year

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Lack of capacity, deteriorating sewer lines, broken equipment, and an immense amount of rain are to blame for overwhelmed sewer systems that have dumped more than 248 million gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waterways so far this year. Those explanations, provided to the county’s legislative delegation during a fact-finding session Tuesday, did not sit well with at least one delegation member. “I get frustrated when I hear excuses and I hear climate change,”…

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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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Joe Henderson: Polluted water in St. Pete leaves little room for mistake

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We love the water around here. We boat on it, haul fish from it, swim in it, and build houses that provide spectacular views of it. Water is such a big deal around here that many people identify us not by the actual places where we live, but by the catchall name of Tampa Bay. So while having local waterways polluted with millions of gallons of untreated sewage would be a major story anywhere, it is a catastrophe here. And…

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