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Latest findings released in St. Petersburg pelican deaths

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After initial testing in and around a retention pond known as Riviera Bay Lake, independent biologists from Arcadis have discovered a potential cause. “There’s a significant nutrient impact on this stormwater lake,” said Interim Water Resources Director John Palenchar, “A lot of nitrogen was seen in the analytical results that came back from this lake.” Arcadis biologists say potential sources of the increased nitrogen could be from runoff containing fertilizers which create the neighborhood’s landscaping up to the lake shore,…

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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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Riviera Bay, Coffee Pot Bayou water test results near normal, St. Pete says

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Initial test results from water samples taken from waters in and around Coffee Pot Bayou and Riviera Bay have shown no abnormalities, but testing of sick and dead pelicans will continue, St. Petersburg officials said. “From all we’ve seen, the water there is in overall good shape,” said Interim Water Resources Director John Palenchar. “But we will continue testing, and so the signs will stay up for awhile.” The city has collected 15 dead or dying pelicans since Jan. 12.…

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St. Pete bringing in ecologist to investigate sick pelicans

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In an effort to expedite and enhance current testing and investigation into a troubling discovery of sick birds near local waterways, the city of St. Petersburg is calling in an independent ecologist to assist. Scientists with Arcadis U.S., based in Melbourne, Florida, have joined with St. Petersburg Water Resources and investigative crews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) to gather clues into what is causing the Pelicans’ sickness. “We want to have experts evaluating this,” said John…

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