Thank you for this. I will be passing it along.Feel free to copy and paste my letter to Governor DeSantis if you like:
Governor DeSantis, first let me say that I am a big supporter of you and your administration and the job you have done thus far serving the citizens of Florida as our Governor. Thank you. That said, I do want to bring this to your attention.
Apparently, the state has provided authorization for 400 million gallons of contaminated water from Piney Point phosphate gypsum stack to be released into Tampa Bay. I imagine that you are aware of the wonderful success story we have in the restoration of Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay was designated an “estuary of national significance” by Congress in 1990. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) undertook a longterm effort to reduce the impact from dredging activities and laid the plans for continuing restoration. Seagrass meadows have been restored through water quality improvements; tidal marsh, mangrove forests and oligohaline marsh was restored by surface water improvement. Tampa Bay, like South Florida and many other areas of Florida, is a vital component of the state’s economic well-being. Its beauty attracts millions of boaters, fishermen and tourists each year. Restoration of the Bay allowed us to protect a vital natural resource and safeguard the economic benefits upon which the region depends. Now that is in jepordy.
Just as water degradation has negatively impacted Florida Bay, the waters of the Everglades, and areas on Florida’s coasts, these discharges from the Piney Point reservoirs could be disastrous for Tampa Bay, threatening to undo all of the progress that has been made towards its restoration. This is a matter of grave ecological and economic matter. PLEASE do all you can to stop these discharges and prevent the devastation. Please direct the FDEP to stop pumping wastewater into the Tampa Bay ecosystem. Finally, I implore you to lend all of your support to ensure success of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully fund Everglades restoration, including full funding for all authorized CREP projects with the American Jobs Plan.
Thanks so much,
David B. Stoots
Let's Go Fishing!
I too recently watched this. Very sad. Too much greed and selfishness are destroying our planet. Hope that things can be somehow turned around into a healthy, positive outcome for all life on this rock. It's the only one we have.I just watched seaspriacy on netflix last night. Once again proving that everything is about money. It's amazing how these corporations that are supposed to be protecting our water and wildlife actually have zero clue what they are talking about and doing nothing. Humans are the worst thing for this planet and will always be.
Does anyone have any recollection of the affects of these prior releases? "Spills have happened at Piney Point before. In 2001, Tropical Storm Gabrielle forced FDEP to release 10 million gallons of water into Bishop Harbor. FDEP ordered another release 10 years later after discovering a breached pond liner, sending 170 million gallons of water into the bay."
I don't seem to remember any affects in particular but know that the seagrass in BH is healthier now than I can ever remember and I have been fishing that area since about 1990.