Author: Mariella

Will Hillsborough county allow this?

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

Chris’s Plumbing Service is asking Hillsborough County to let them dump human excrement, commercial sludge, and restaurant grease on the banks of the Little Manatee River’s wetlands. 50,000 gallons a day (!!!) — 600 tons a year (!!!) of “biosolids & sludge” on a site that sits on the Little Manatee River system, with wetlands that flow right into the river. Here are 3 things you can do to help block this attempt to pollute this amazingly pristine river, which is designated an Outstanding Florida Water.

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...

Sierra Club endorsements for the 2016 election

Tampa Bay Sierra Club’s postcard lists endorsements for local and state for races in the Tampa Bay area. You can find more endorsements for the federal races and other state districts on the Florida...