Polluted water flowing into Tampa Bay could cause massive algae bloom, risking manatee and fish habitats

Millions of gallons of water laced with fertilizer ingredients are being pumped into Florida’s Tampa Bay from a leaking reservoir at an abandoned phosphate plant at Piney Point. As the water spreads into the bay, it carries phosphorus and nitrogen – nutrients that under the right conditions can fuel dangerous algae blooms that can suffocate sea grass beds and kill fish, dolphins and manatees. It’s the kind of risk no one wants to see, but officials believed the other options were worse. >click to read< 18:38

3 Responses to Polluted water flowing into Tampa Bay could cause massive algae bloom, risking manatee and fish habitats

  1. Tracy Kuhns says:

    Fisheries Nation should take a good look at Louisiana’s proposed Mid-Barataria Mississippi River Diversion EIS. This diversion will destroy one of the most important essential fish habitats for the Gulf of Mexico and our nation. 80% of all marine species in the Gulf spend some portion of their life cycle in Louisiana’s estuaries. Please help bring this to light before it’s too late!

    • - Moderator says:

      Hi Tracy, you were reading our minds! Thank you. Several commercial fishers also raised objections during the Corps meetings, saying the project would destroy the state’s seafood economy http://fisherynation.com/archives/100140

  2. Rocky Novello says:

    Pollution of U.S. coastai has been continuously happening for many years now , with little effort from our U.S. government & environmentalist to address this problem of Our Coastal Waters Pollution Issues !

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