Category: Environment

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.

Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve Map

Plan for Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve is being updated

The state Management Plan for Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve is being updated. You can review the draft plan and submit your comments until July 5. Every single comment from the public is being carefully considered for inclusion in the plan, so if you have any ideas about how this aquatic preserve should be managed, it is worth your time to send them in.

Amendment 1 illustration

Hillsborough County now trying to get our share of state conservation funds

In the whole state-wide list of all the conservation land the state is considering for acquisition, throughout Florida’s 67 counties, Hillsborough is one of only 4 counties where the state lists NO proposed conservation projects. County Commissioner Sandra Murman responded to our emails and directed staff to address this.

Mariella speaks to legislators

Let’s ask State Legislators for Hillsborough county’s share of conservation funds

Two weeks ago I reported that Hillsborough is one of only 4 counties where the state has NO land targeted for conservation on Florida Forever’s list. Some of us tried to talk to the DEP land-acquisition committee (ARC) about this, but they didn’t even show up for their public meeting. I think we need to ask our State Legislators for help.

Cockroach Bay Islands

Cockroach Bay workday & workshop

Thanks to all who wrote emails and attended the workshop in November, the Florida DEP has heard our concerns about their 10-year Management Plan for Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park. In response to our concerns they have scheduled 2 events: a Workday and a Workshop.

ARC no show

State conservation council members didn’t show up for their public meeting

Not a single one of the ten members of Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) showed up for their twice-yearly “Regional Public Meeting” this week. Over 70 citizens went to the meeting to speak to the council during this rare chance to discuss State conservation projects with this group. Instead, citizens found themselves speaking into a mike facing a dais of empty seats where the ARC members would have sat — if they had come.