Little Manatee River

Chris’s Plumbing has WITHDRAWN!

Thanks to citizen activism, Chris’s Plumbing has withdrawn their application for a sewage effluent dump on the banks of the Little Manatee River’s wetlands. This is a big victory for all of us who worked to defend the little Manatee River from this toxic pollution! Enjoy your Thanksgiving week, with no public hearing!

Will Hillsborough county allow this?

Will the county allow sewage dumping on the Little Manatee River? Let’s say NO!

UPDATE: Chris’s Plumbing has changed their application to sewage-effluent spraying (instead of sewage-solids spreading). It’s still horrible. In fact parts of the plan are even worse now.
• They doubled the volume of toxic waste to 100,000 gallons per day!
• They reduced the setback around the wetlands to a mere 30 feet.
• Their chlorine “treatment” is ineffective against many disease-causing organisms.
• Their new Special Use zoning permit would last forever, running with the land no matter who owns it.

Hillsborough County Trails

Speak up for safe paved bike/walk trails!

County Commissioner Pat Kemp is working to kick-start safe cycling trails in Hillsborough. Here are 3 things we can do to help: (1) Show up, (2) Speak up, (3) Contact Commissioners to tell them it’s high time to build the South Coast Greenway Trail from Ruskin to Tampa!

Mariella Smith speaks for Sierra Club against Urban Sprawl

Citizen victory against urban sprawl

Citizens won a major battle against costly urban sprawl at a public hearing last Tuesday when County Commissioner Pat Kemp led the board to deny two proposed changes to our Comprehensive Plan. The proposals would have paved over rural areas with urban subdivisions, impacted wetlands, undermined community plans, and burdened taxpayers with the transportation costs that come with adding suburban commuters to far-flung rural areas.

My sign at the Women's March

Photos from the Women’s March

I marched with over 20,000 women, men & children in the Women’s March in St. Pete — one of the many sister marches around the country that marched simultaneously in solidarity with the marchers...