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Force main failure at South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility

Force main failure at South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility

Pinellas County, Florida -- A 30-inch force main at South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility collapsed around noon today which resulted in raw sewage flowing into the plant’s stormwater basin. The spill overflowed the basin and entered Joe’s Creek.

Department of Environment and Infrastructure crews from maintenance and engineering are on site and a private contractor has been mobilized to assist with the repair.

Nearby residents are being advised to avoid swimming or other recreational use of Joe’s Creek until further notice.

Prescribed burn at Weedon Island Preserve

Prescribed burn at Weedon Island Preserve

Saint Petersburg, Florida -- The Florida Forest Service is conducting a prescribed burn at Weedon Island Preserve today, Thursday, June 13. 

The prescribed burn is expected to start at 9 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. It will involve approximately 10 acres of land. 

 

Workshop dips into pros and cons of aquaculture

Workshop dips into pros and cons of aquaculture

Pinellas County, Florida -- How difficult can it be to grow fish in a pond or tank of water and then sell them for profit? Easy money, right?

Well, think again.

Aquaculture is one of the most technically demanding and financially risky forms of agricultural production that exists. Investing in commercial aquaculture in Florida can be financially rewarding, but it can also be financially disastrous.

Mastering the Marina

Mastering the Marina

Gulport, Florida -- This is council’s opportunity; we want to hear what you want to see 10 to 12 years down the road,” City Manager Jim O’Reilly said at the start of council’s workshop last week.

Low level red tied found off Pinellas beaches

Low level red tied found off Pinellas beaches

Clearwater, Florida -- Red tide has been found in background concentrations in one sample collected alongshore of Pinellas County, the FWC reported Friday.

Concentrations in the background to very low levels have been found insore of Sarasota County.

The FWC said other samples collected throughout southwest Florida did not contain the Karenia brevis organism.

 

Invasive Plant and Environmental Cleanup

Invasive Plant and Environmental Cleanup

Clearwater, Florida  -- The City of Clearwater is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive Brazilian Pepper plants from Cooper's Bayou Park on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 9 a.m.

Brooker Creek events for June

Brooker Creek events for June

Pinellas County, Florida -- Beginning at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday in June youngsters continue to be treated at the ever-popular Book-Time at Brooker. For 45-minutes tots ages 3 to 5 can connect to the wonders of the natural world through stories and crafts, games or other hands-on activities.