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  1. Bird rescuer's children sue to dissolve Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

    Wildlife

    The legal woes of Tampa Bay's top bird rescuer have now gone from bad to worse.

    Fredericka Jura, of Treasure Island, and Anne Roberts, of Maine, visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in 2013. A lawsuit filed against the facility alleges the sanctuary is "insolvent and has effectively ceased to operate." [LARA CERRI  |   Tampa Bay Times]
  2. County officials eager to help fund Tarpon's Anclote River dredge

    Environment

    TARPON SPRINGS — City officials have gone to the county over and over again asking for money to help dredge the Anclote River — and it seems their pleas have been heard.

  3. Romano: How to poison Florida's waters in a few easy steps

    Water

    To paraphrase an old Sam Cooke song:

    Don't know much about ecology. Don't know much biology.

  4. EPA to regulate airplane pollution to aid climate

    Air Quality

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Monday announced its plan to start regulating planet-warming pollution from airplanes, setting off a battle between environmentalists and the airline industry.

  5. Tampa Bay's historic cleanup could serve as blueprint for Lake Okeechobee crisis

    Water

    The putrid, rotten-egg smell that has plagued Lake Okeechobee's neighbors is the same odor Rick Garrity remembers gagging on when he moved to Tampa in 1977.

    Blue-green algae coats Hillsborough Bay near Gibsonton in 1970. It’s similar to the algae blooms plaguing the Treasure Coast region today. It took time and money, but Tampa Bay was rescued.
  6. St. Petersburg had options during sewage crisis — so what happened?

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — Historic rains last year overwhelmed the city's ancient wastewater system, sending 31.5 million gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage gushing into the waters of Tampa Bay and Boca Ciega Bay in August.

    Last year St. Petersburg officials closed its oldest sewer plant, the Albert Whitted Water Reclamation Facility, which is on Tampa Bay near the small airport of the same name. It was closed because of the costs of maintaining the aging facility and a state rule change that would have raised those costs. But in doing so, it removed more than 12 million gallons of capacity from the city’s sewer system.
  7. Manatees that slipped into Lake Tarpon safe for now, wildlife commission says (w/video)

    Environment

    PALM HARBOR — Vincent Yeo was sitting on his back porch, having coffee and looking out at Lake Tarpon with his wife, Marie, when he saw something moving in the water.

    A manatee surfaces on Monday on the south side of the Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal in Palm Harbor. Wildlife officials hope they find their way out of the lake by winter, when temperatures fall and the water gets colder. 
  8. Toxic algae lurks in Florida's lakes, threatening eagles and other birds

    Wildlife

    First it drives them insane. Then it kills them.

    The toxic algae Aetokthonos hydrillicola, found on the underside of a hydrilla leaf, glows red under ultraviolet light. It was found in Lake Istokpoga in Highlands County.
  9. Manatee die-off in polluted Indian River Lagoon begins anew

    Wildlife

    The manatees are dying again.

    Between 2012 to 2015, state officials said 158 manatees died in Florida's Indian River Lagoon, once known as the most diverse ecosystem in America. They weren't alone — pelicans and dolphins died by the score in the polluted lagoon too.

    There is no discernible pattern to the 167 manatees killed since 2012 by whatever is in the Indian River Lagoon — the victims are calves and adults, males and females.
  10. Video: This is what happens when a bear gets into your Subaru

    Wildlife

    This story about a bear somehow getting stuck inside a Subaru is what we need right now.