River News Archive

News and announcements from The Hillsborough River Board & TAC as well as planning news from around the region.
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo Montelione recognized for service to River Board - After six successful years on the Tampa City Council and River Board, Lisa Montelione is moving on. Fellow River Board and TAC members recognized Councilwoman Montelione for her service at their regular meeting on August 22, 2016. Councilwoman Montelione is the current Chair of the River Board. Her passion for the Hillsborough River and active...
  • lawn irriation system What’s easier, turning off water indoors or outside? - Apparently, it’s more convenient for Florida residents to save water while brushing their teeth than to cut back on lawn irrigation, according to a new report from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension report. 932 people deemed to be high-water users in Orlando, Tampa/Sarasota, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale were surveyed. Respondents...
  • featured_chemical_flask New method detects low-dose impacts of man-made chemicals in water - In a new study published in the Science Advances journal, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, researchers say they have found a better way to assess the potential impacts of low doses of man-made chemicals – like pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) – on water bodies and their ecosystems. PPCPS...
  • glass of water FDEP approves proposal to change criteria on water pollutants - The Florida Environmental Regulation Commission voted to approve a proposal that would impose new criteria on 39 chemicals not currently regulated and change the regulations on 43 other toxics that include carcinogens. The proposal calls for toxic levels to be increased for known carcinogens and decreased for 13 currently regulated chemicals. The proposal was based...
  • featured_florida_fish_and_wildlife New at-risk vessel law helps manage waterways - A new Florida law, approved during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law, F.S. 327.4107, allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk”...
  • Agriculture, farming, fields, crops, kid UF/IFAS 4Rs program helps growers use best management practices for fertilizer use - University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have introduced the Four RIGHT (4Rs) program to help Florida growers maximize the use of nutrients and fertilizers while minimizing the impact on the environment. The program helps growers use the right fertilizer in the right place, at the right time, using the right method....
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo Hillsborough River Board celebrates 30 years! - Congratulations to our Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Technical Advisory Council on 30 years of planning for the environmental health of the Hillsborough River! Created by the Florida Legislature in 1986 to monitor activities and actions in and around the Hillsborough River, the River Board adopted and maintains the River Master Plan and makes...
  • featured_FEMA_logo FEMA provides interactive map to identify Flood Hazard Zones - Hurricane season is coming up soon. Now is a good time to get an update on your flood zone status. Search for your home, work, and school addresses to see if where you live, work, or go to school is in a Flood Hazard Zone on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Hazard map....
  • featured_hydrilla_invasive Controlling the cost of controlling invasive plants - Of all the invasive plants in Florida’s waterways, hydrilla costs the most to contain – $66 million over a seven-year period, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher says. But UF/IFAS researchers are finding new ways to use less chemical treatment, and thus less money, to manage hydrilla. From 2008...
  • featured_SWFWMD_logo Armstrong appointed SWFWMD Executive Director - The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District appointed Brian Armstrong to replace Robert Beltran, who is returning to the private sector after serving as Executive Director since September 2013. Mr. Armstrong has served as the District’s assistant executive director since May 2014. In that role he has been responsible for the leadership...
  • featured_SWFWMD_logo SWFWMD and County exchange land for restoration and protection - The Southwest Florida Water Management District‘s Governing Board recently voted to exchange properties with Hillsborough County in an effort to work together to protect conservation land. The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve this same effort at their April 20 meeting. The District agreed to exchange approximately 205 acres of land with...
  • lawn irriation system How much $ can you save on irrigation costs after just 1 inch of rain? - A one-inch rainfall event delivers approximately 7,000 gallons of rainwater to a 10,000 square-foot lot. That free rainfall is equal to $20 – $70 in potable water irrigation costs, depending on your total monthly water use. A rain sensor will do the work and the saving for you. A rain sensor is a device or...
  • glass of water SWFWMD agrees to safeguards for Morris Bridge Sink water withdrawals - With the Water Management District seeking to withdrawal water from the Morris Bridge Sink to supplement the flow of the Hillsborough River, a growing chorus of voices raised concerns that the water is not needed and that pumping the sink could result in environmental impacts. Rising opposition from various groups, including the River Board, led...
  • featured_Tampa_logo Tampa’s TAP study may use reclaimed water to supplement tap water - The City of Tampa is investigating a new water supply project, the Tampa Augmentation Project (TAP), to beneficially reuse highly treated reclaimed water from the City’s Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. The ultimate objective of TAP is to create additional water supply for potable use within the Tampa Bay region. The reclaimed water...
  • litter clean up volunteer Pitch in at the Great American Cleanup - Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is recruiting volunteers and site captains for the 2016 Great American Cleanup at various sites throughout Hillsborough County. Projects may involve habitat restoration, trash removal, landscape plantings, playground/park restoration, and tree plantings. This year’s theme, Green Starts Here, is a call to action to create sustainable communities by focusing on activities...
  • featured_TempleTerr_logo Temple Terrace celebrates River Board’s 30 Years - On April 5, Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura and the Temple Terrace City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the work and achievements of the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Technical Advisory Council and celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
  • lawn irriation system April is Water Conservation Month - Outdoor water use typically accounts for up to 50 percent of water consumed by households. You can reduce your outdoor water consumption by taking a few simple steps. Download the Southwest Florida Water Management Districts‘ free six-page “Saving Water Outdoors” brochure, and learn more about water conservation.
  • Featured Natural Celebrate Earth Day Tampa Bay on April 23 - Celebrates Earth Day Tampa Bay Saturday, April 23 10a – 3p Celebrate Earth Day Tampa Bay at the 7th Annual EcoFest at the Lowry Park bandshell area, featuring live music, workshops, green living products and organic produce for sale, local artists, and educational booths. This free community event is organized by Learning Gate Community School,...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo River Board celebrates 30 Years! - Your River Board is proud to be celebrating our 30 year anniversary as an extremely effective organization. Created by Special Act 86-335, Laws of Florida in 1986, the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board is the designated forum in Hillsborough County responsible for promoting orderly planning, regulation, and development along the river corridor to ensure the...
  • featured_SWFWMD_logo SWFWMD approves regional water supply plan for Central Florida - The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board approved an important water supply plan for Central Florida in November. The strategy charts a long-term course of more aggressive water conservation, expanded and more efficient water reuse projects and alternative water-supply project options to ensure adequate water supplies for the region through 2035. The plan was...
  • Featured Conservation & Aquifer Recharge Strategies to keep pollutants out of your neighborhood storm water pond - Many people live in subdivisions with storm water ponds, which collect water from the neighborhood and help keep pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides and pet waste from getting into the broader environment. Now, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF | IFAS) researchers and Extension faculty have devised strategies to help...
  • Featured Rivers1 Sid Flannery receives inaugural Hillsborough River Stewardship Award - The Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Technical Advisory Council awarded its first annual Hillsborough River Stewardship Award recognizing leadership and dedication in the protection of the health and well-being of the Hillsborough River. Tampa City Councilwoman and Hillsborough River Board Chair, Lisa Montelione presented a specially engraved oar to Sid Flannery at the Planning...
  • litter clean up volunteer Public private partners clean up river - The City of Tampa, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, FDOT and Zephyrhills Water are collaborating on a watershed stewardship project to reduce the non-point source pollution and improve the water quality of the Hillsborough River. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is hosting a series of land and water-based cleanups, storm drain markings and watershed education activities throughout 2016 to...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo TAC welcomes back Commissioner Doughty - The River Board is honored to announce that Planning Commissoner Derek Doughty has rejoined the TAC as the Planning Commission appointee. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mr. Doughty has focused on the development of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of stormwater conveyance systems and management facilities. He brings extensive experience in Land...
  • featured_EPC_logo TAC Vice Chair Peter Owens retires - After 38 years of public service to the citizens of Hillsborough County, Pete Owens retires. For 18 years, Mr. Owens has served as the Environmental Protection Commission’s representative to the River Board’s Technical Advisory Council, and much of that time he has served as Vice Chair. “I am very proud to have been a team...
  • featured_FLDep_EnvProtection_logo River Board issues Letter of Opposition to water withdrawals from the Morris Bridge sink - The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has submitted a water use permit application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to use up to 3.9 mgd* of water from Morris Bridge Sink for diversion through the Tampa Bypass Canal to the base of the dam on the Hillsborough River. The DEP has issued...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo New year, new look for the River Board - Your River Board has a new look. The logo of the River Board has been updated. We hope you like this fresh now look! The River Board is part of a consolidated agency that includes the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. All three have updated logos. This update...
  • underwater fishing July is Keep Florida Fishing Month! - Keep Florida Fishing advocates for clean waters, abundant fisheries, and access to both. Recreational fishing is important to Florida’s economy, supporting more than 123,000 jobs and generating $9.3 billion in economic activity. At more than 3 million strong, Florida anglers also are the financial force behind the state’s fisheries conservation efforts, providing $46.5 million annually...
  • featured-PHlogo New Year. New Look! - Plan Hillsborough represents us, an agency of dedicated and innovative planning staff serving:   Our new look was created in-house, inspired by the excitement of a thriving future for our region. It is modern, bold, and clean, better representing the brighter future we are planning together… with you!   Check out the presentation below for...
  • featured_hillsboroughriver Morris Bridge Sink Project - The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has submitted a water use permit application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to use up to 3.9 mgd of water from Morris Bridge Sink for diversion through the Tampa Bypass Canal to the base of the dam on the Hillsborough River. The DEP has issued its...
  • Featured Stormwater Management Tampa City Council approves increase in stormwater fees - BY CHRISTOPHER O’DONNELL Tribune staff Published: September 3, 2015 | Updated: September 4, 2015 at 05:52 AM Yearly assessments for stormwater services will go up from $36 to $82 for the owner of an average size home in Tampa, the first hike in a decade. Tampa City Council on Thursday unanimously approved the increase, the...
  • featured_FlaDeptofEnvProtection Congratulations to Hillsborough’s Environmental Protection Commission! -   On October, Sustainable Florida awarded its Community Engagement Best Practice Award to the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of Hillsborough County for its Clean Air Fair. The Clean Air Fair is organized by the EPC Air Division as a community celebration of May as Clean Air Month (as designated by EPA) with the goal of...
  • Featured Environmental Enter the 2015 ELAPP Calendar Photo Contest - The Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program’s (ELAPP) Calendar Photo Contest invites all photographers (amateurs and professionals of all ages) to unlock the many natural treasures hidden within more than 60 Hillsborough County’s nature preserves. All photos must be taken at a Hillsborough County ELAPP Site. View the list of all sites...
  • featured-stephanie-agliano Welcome new Technical Advisory Council Member Stephanie A. Agliano - The Planning Commission recently appointed Ms. Stephanie Agliano as their representative to the River Board’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC). A fourth generation Tampa native, Ms. Agliano brings more than 26 years of utility and energy industry knowledge and experience to the TAC. Her years of working in the utility industry also included extensive experience in...
  • featured_manatee SJRWMD and UF scientists discuss progress made on springs science investigation - More than 50 scientists and engineers with the St. Johns River Water Management District and University of Florida (UF) met on September 1 to report on progress made in the first year of a three-year partnership to enhance the scientific foundation needed to develop solutions to restore and protect Florida’s springs. Among accomplishments: Installed wells...
  • featured_Award Statue River Board to recognize outstanding stewardship of the river - At their August 24th regular quarterly meeting, the River Board approved the inaugural Hillsborough River Stewardship Award. This award, sponsored by the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Technical Advisory Council, will recognize persons who have made a significant contribution to the health, well-being and stewardship of the Hillsborough River. This prestigious award will be...
  • Featured Natural Hillsborough restoring money to land-buying program - By Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune Staff Source: Tampa Tribune, Published: September 10, 2015 Updated: September 10, 2015 at 09:10 PM TAMPA – Hillsborough County’s conservation lands program, which was practically bankrupt, is getting an infusion of money thanks to better-than-expected property tax revenues. County Administrator Mike Merrill amended his fiscal 2016 budget to include $15...
  • litter clean up volunteer Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup - Save the Date – September 19, 2015 Join Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful as we host local sites along Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Lake Thonotosassa and other waterways throughout Hillsborough County. Last year, well over 60,500 pounds of litter and debris was removed from more than 75 locations throughout Hillsborough...
  • Discover amazing stuff about your water - The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education (NIE) program is a cooperative effort between schools and the Times to promote the use of newspapers in print and electronic form as educational resources. Since the mid-1970s, NIE has provided schools with class sets of informational text in the form of the daily newspaper and our award...
  • featured_Florida_Seal_logo River Board Legislation Update signed by Governor - Updating the River Board’s authorizing legislation, untouched since its inception in the 1980’s, was one of the priorities of the River Board this year. Chapter 86-335, Laws of Florida, establishes the River Board (Board), its Technical Advisory Council (TAC), and its mission. The legislation details the composition of the Board and TAC, how they are appointed,...
  • Featured Stormwater Management Stormwater controls reported to River Board - With concern regarding the relatively rainy winter and the upcoming summer rainy season, the River Board requested presentations by the respective government stormwater departments having responsibility adjacent to the Hillsborough River. Specifically the River Board wanted to understand the effort of the stormwater departments in mitigating the risk of flood events during the summer rainy...
  • Featured Rivers1 SWFWMD releases Hydrobiological Assessment - Mr. Douglas A. Leeper, Chief Advisory Environmental Scientist with the Water Resources Bureau of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), gave a presentation to the River Board’s Technical Advisory Council on June 16 on SWFWMD’s Hydrobiological Assessment of the Minimum Flows for the Lower Hillsborough River. The recovery strategy that was adopted with the minimum flow...
  • river with turtle Battle over invasive aquatic weeds continues in the Hillsborough River - The River Board’s Technical Advisory Council has spent the last few months investigating the incidence of invasive aquatic weed growth in the Hillsborough River. With presentations from Hillsborough County Public works, who contracts with the state to perform aquatic weed control, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which takes the lead in...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo River Board elects new officers - At the February quarterly meeting, the River Board elected new officers. Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione was elected Chair. Temple Terrace City Council member and Vice Mayor Grant Rimbey was elected Vice Chair. River Board officers serve two year terms. Congratulations to our new officers!
  • featured_riverwalk_logo Riverwalk celebrates new Kennedy Plaza - The current, and several previous Mayors of Tampa, attended the grand opening of the Kennedy Boulevard Plaza segment of the Tampa Riverwalk on March 27 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. “The Riverwalk” has been in the making for 40 years, and it has taken the efforts of six mayors to be completed. Its construction represents the...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Imagine 2040 receives Innovation Award - The 14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland last week featured practical tools and innovative strategies for creating great communities. At this event, the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG) announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Innovation Awards.  Imagine 2040 received the Exemplary Implementation Award, recognizing a planning process or project that utilized...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo A heartfelt farewell to River Board Chair Alison Fernandez - Termed out of office, the River Board must sadly say goodbye to long term member, and Chair of the River Board, Temple Terrace City Council Member Alison Fernandez. Council Member Fernandez became a resident of Temple Terrace in 1972, where she attended local schools, starting with Temple Terrace Elementary and graduating from King High School....
  • featured_stormwater_warning 2014 Hillsborough River inlet marking and Coastal Clean Up - The City of Tampa, FDOT, Zephyrhills Water Company (Nestle Corp), Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay Watch are collaborating on a watershed stewardship project to reduce the non-point source pollution and improve the water quality of the Hillsborough River. There are a series of scheduled land and water based cleanups, storm drain...
  • featured_JBLanePark_sign Tampa unveils plans for Julian B Lane Park renovation - By Keith Morelli, Tribune Staff  Published: September 9, 2014 TAMPA – Susan Lane stopped by to hear and see first hand the renovations planned for Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, tucked onto the west bank of the Hillsborough River between Tampa Preparatory School and the Laurel Street Bridge.She had not been invited by city officials....
  • featured_TampaBay_Water_logo Water Flowing Into Reservoir - Tampa Bay Water is once again storing water in the region’s water savings account, the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir. Since July 25, 2014, an average of 129 million gallons of water has flowed into the reservoir daily. Water flows into the C.W. Bill Young Reservoir The reservoir has been undergoing a renovation since 2012...
  • featured_Award Statue Congrats to Planning & Design award winners! - On October 30, the Planning Commission held it’s 32nd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas at the A La Carte Pavilion. Hosted by ABC Action News Anchor, Brendan McLaughlin, this awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring the very best in planning and design in Hillsborough County. A panel of judges...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 : Part 2…You told us more! - More than 2,400 citizens spoke up in July and August for the future of transportation. Over an 8-week period, culminating with an interactive display at Florida’s Largest Home Show over Labor Day weekend. Opinions were sought on transportation needs from a wide spectrum of groups at 65 events as well as from the comfort of...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 launch a success! - In case you missed our Imagine 2040 : Part 2 Media Day Launch event on Thursday, July 20 at Tampa Bay Grand Prix, check out this HTV News Brief: Imagine 2040 : Part 2 launch event HTV news brief Chuck Henson breaks down the Imagine 2040 survey into five easy steps in a conversation with...
  • featured_JBLanePark_sign River Board contributes to Julian B Lane Park redevelopment - Julian B Lane Park is 23 acres located across the Hillsborough River from Downtown Tampa and is generally considered an underutilized property. Tampa has hired Civitas, a consulting company, to engage the community and create a plan for the redevelopment of the park. There are opportunities to capitalize on this asset, making the park more...
  • featured_BillYoung_reservoir River Board tours CW Bill Young Reservoir - In June, several members of the River Board & TAC toured the CW Bill Young Reservoir, a key component of the regional water supply system. Abnormal cracking in the reservoir’s soil-cement erosion-control layer has limited its functionality. That’s why Tampa Bay Water is renovating the reservoir, replacing the erosion-control layer, so the facility can perform...
  • featured_HillsRiver_downtown Federal Channel width reduced in Downtown area of Hillsborough River - Over the past several years, the City of Tampa has worked to narrow the Hillsborough River Federal Channel on the south side of Kennedy Boulevard Bridge to the mouth of the Hillsborough River. The River Board examined and endorsed this effort. Most of the channel in the river is 100 feet wide; however, South of...
  • featured_manatee River Board supports Ulele Springs restoration - Most people walk or boat by it every day and don’t even know it exists. Years ago, Ulele Spring was reduced to a stormwater pipe emptying into the Hillsborough River near downtown. Tom Ries, of the nonprofit Ecosphere Restoration Institute, has been working diligently to recreate a natural landscape for the spring to enter the...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo Technical Advisory Council Chair Brown reappointed - Congratulations to Dr. Richard Brown. On June 18, the Board of County Commissioners reappointed Dr. Brown to another four year term on the Technical Advisory Council, representing the citizens of Hillsborough County. Dr. Brown currently serves as Chair of the Technical Advisory Council.
  • Featured Environmental Happy 25th Anniversary ELAPP! - The Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department of Hillsborough County celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, also known as ELAPP, on April 11th. A host of dignitaries attended the celebration, including former Governor Bob Martinez and former Hillsborough County Jan K. Platt, after whom the County’s ELAPP program has now...
  • featured_Fla_Water_Logo Florida Water Star - Certifying excellence in water conservation, saving resources and protecting the environment The Florida Water Star program is a statewide, voluntary water conservation certification program for new and existing residential homes and commercial buildings. The program encourages water efficiency in appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes, as well as water quality benefits from landscape best...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo River Board’s Technical Advisory Council Annual Election of Officers - At its regular meeting of January 21, 2014, the River Board’s Technical Advisory Council held its annual election of officers. Dr. Richard Brown was unanimously elected to continue to serve an additional year as Chair. Mr. Peter Owens was also unanimously elected to continue to serve an additional year as Vice Chair.
  • featured_Florida_Seal_logo River Board approves Florida State Capital update of its Legislation - First established via Chapter 86-335, Laws of Florida, on June 6, 1986, the River Board is a special Board and Council established by the Florida Legislature to monitor activities and actions in the Hillsborough River Corridor. The river begins in west central Florida, and enters Tampa Bay in the center of the City of Tampa....
  • featured_ArmyCorpsofEng_logo River Board supports decommissioning of Federal Channel designation over part of River - The Federal Channel on the Hillsborough River was established in the late 1800s and is primarily 100 feet wide, centered on the river.South of Kennedy Boulevard Bridge, the channel widens to 200 feet for about .4 of a mile until it terminates in the turning basin just south of the Platt Street Bridge.This wider area...
  • featured_SWFWMD_logo River Board requests delay in Blue Sink pumping permit - In an ongoing effort to provide minimum flows for the lower Hillsborough River, while allowing continued optimal use of the City of Tampa Reservoir in the middle river, the City of Tampa applied for a Water Use Permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to pump water from a sinkhole in the Forrest...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo Members round up - On November 14, 2013 the BOCC reappointed Commissioner Al Higginbotham to the River Board. A native Floridian from Plant City, Commissioner Higginbotham received a degree in political science with an emphasis on South American Government from the University of Florida. His political interests led him to serve as a Congressional aide in Washington, Hillsborough River...
  • featured_CFIndust_logo River Board applauds CF Industries habitat restoration - CF Industries, a phosphate company with operations in Northeast Hillsborough County proximate to the Hillsborough River, recently executed a land swap with Hillsborough County.This swap provided an opportunity for expansion of their facility and provided the county with valuable natural areas. CF Industries also is providing habitat restoration. At their December 10, 2013 regular meeting,...
  • featured_FlaDeptofEnvProtection River Board urges DEP not to surplus Great Green Swamp land - The Great Green Swamp is critical to the surface and groundwater hydrology of Central Florida, as well as providing vital water to the Hillsborough River. It was therefore a surprise to many when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection listed a portion of this land, the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area, for sale. In the wake...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Thank you for your participation! - Imagine 2040’s big numbers & big ideas! It’s Thanksgiving time, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you who participated in Imagine 2040, making this the most successful public involvement response we’ve ever had! Man using kiosk to weigh in on Imagine2040     In coming weeks, we’ll be posting more...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 : Part 2 - Imagine 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan The Long Range Transportation Plan directs federal and state dollars towards projects we value. It looks out at least 20 years and must be updated every five years. The MPO adopted the Imagine 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan on November 12, 2014. But the 2040 Plan is a dynamic...
  • featured_TampaBay_Water_logo River Board Coordinates with Tampa Bay Water - With the C.W.Bill Young Regional Reservoir down for repairs, other sources of water must be relied upon. At their June regular meeting, the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board’s Technical Advisory Council received an update of these repairs by Mr. Jon Kennedy of Tampa Bay Water. Mr. Kennedy reported that no Water Use Permits had been...
  • featured_SWFMD_logo SWFWMD Governing Board Selects Beltran as New Executive Director - The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board appointed Robert Beltran to serve as the District’s executive director. Beltran replaces Blake Guillory who was recently hired as the executive director for the South Florida Water Management District. “The Board is confident in Robert’s abilities to lead this organization as we continue to focus on our...
  • featured_TampaBay_Water_logo Reservoir Provides Water During Construction - Published on Friday, August 23, 2013 Source: Tampa Bay Water The renovation of the 15-billion gallon regional reservoir is being done in a way that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. One aspect of that environmental commitment is to use all water that is collected on site during construction. No water is discharged from the site....
  • featured_TampaHeights_historic Developers envision The Heights as historic riverfront neighborhood - Reprinted from the Tampa Tribune By Richard Mullins | Tribune Staff Published: July 26, 2013 Several years ago, developers envisioned a dozen massive new buildings at a site called River Heights, just north of downtown along the river. Then the downturn came, and those dreams evaporated. The site sat dormant. Now, a new pair of Tampa-based...
  • featured_FlaDeptofEnvProtection DEP Completes Statewide Rulemaking to Protect Surface Waters, Wetlands - One statewide rule for the Environmental Resource Permit program will improve consistency without lowering or changing environmental standards A more than yearlong rulemaking process to provide more consistency for environmental resource permitting, which affects surface waters and wetlands, have gone into effect October 1. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection The Florida Department of Environmental...
  • featured_SWFMD_logo Twice-weekly watering now allowed in Hillsborough - Not that you need any more water on your lawn, but water managers have loosened irrigation restrictions. Tampa and Hillsborough County residents can now legally water two days a week instead of just once. The change, which takes effect Thursday, comes after the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s  decision on Tuesday to declare an end...
  • featured_newvision_icon_graphic River Board Endorses InVision Tampa - Using federal grant dollars, Tampa created a master plan for its City Center spanning from downtown to Ybor City on the east, Armenia Avenue on the west, and north along historic Nebraska Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue. They focused on downtown and the western bank of the Hillsborough River, as well as the Nebraska Corridor. In...
  • bag of fertilzer Summer Fertilizer Restrictions in Effect for Tampa - The partners of the Be Floridian fertilizer education campaign remind residents of Manatee and Pinellas counties and the city of Tampa that they can’t apply nitrogen or phosphorous to lawn and landscape plants from June 1-September 30. But that doesn’t mean your grass will turn brown, shrivel up and die! Garden centers throughout these communities...
  • featured_Rogers_Park_Golfcourse Tampa, SWFWMD Change Rogers’ Golf Course Runoff - by Kevin Wiatrowski, Tribune staff, Published: May 20, 2013 TAMPA – City and state officials have taken the first steps toward a renovation of Rogers Park Golf Club that would reduce pollution washing into the Hillsborough River. The Tampa City Council agreed to put $100,000 toward changing the course’s drainage layout. The Southwest Florida Water...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo River Board Elects Chair and Vice-Chair - The River Board held elections at its meeting on May 21, 2013. Congratulations to Temple Terrace City Councilwoman Alison Fernandez who was re-elected for another two year term as Chair of the River Board. Congratulations also goes out to Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione on her election to a two year term as Vice-Chair.
  • featured_Julian_Lane_Riverfront_Park Tampa Takes First Step Toward Redeveloping Riverfront Park - by Richard Danielson, Tampa Bay Times TAMPA – City Hall is taking the first step on what is expected to be a three-year, $10.5 million makeover of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. “We’re going to make some changes,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said of the 23-acre park, just south of Interstate 275, across the Hillsborough River...
  • featured_riverwalk_logo Riverwalk Planned and Built by Six Tampa Mayors - From left to right, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman, former Florida Gov. and former Tampa Mayor Bob Martinez and former Tampa Mayor Bill Poe listen to Federal Highways Administrator Victor Mendez. Mayors Buckhorn, Poe, Freedman, Martinez, Greco, and Iorio, as well...
  • Hillsborough River TAC Hillsborough River TAC Elects New Officers - The Hillsborough River Technical Advisory Council (TAC) is pleased to announce the re-election of Dr. Richard Brown as Chair and Mr. Peter Owens as Vice Chair. Also, we are sad to announce Mr. Ben Koplin, ex- officio City of Tampa Staff member, is departing the TAC. Mr. Koplin has been a valuable contributor to the...
  • sinkhole near home Florida’s aquifer models full of holes, allowing more water permits and pollution - By Craig Pittman, Times Staff Writer–Published Sunday, January 27, 2013 During a dry day in April 2010, scientists trying to trace the source of pollution in Silver Springs dropped 30 pounds of fluorescent dye into several wells and sinkholes a few miles away.  What happened next did more than show the pollution woes facing the...
  • bag of fertilzer Legislature expected to revisit fertilizer rules - In preparation for another battle over fertilizer ordinances, the Florida Association of Counties has voted to make protecting fertilizer restrictions one of its top three issues going into the 2013 legislative session. “We’ve been told it’s imminent,” Sarasota County commissioner Nora Patterson, said of the potential legislation to limit local control of fertilizer use, according...
  • lawn irriation system Lawn watering reduced to one day weekly in Tampa area - By Carl Lisciandrello Published: February 26, 2013 Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will face tighter watering restrictions starting March 13. The Southwest Florida Water Management District‘s governing board voted Tuesday to enact the tighter controls as below-normal rainfall has resulted in reduced river levels and increased water-supply concerns. The restrictions, which run through...
  • Laurel Street Bridge $2 Million sought for Laurel Street Bridge repair - TBO.com – By Kevin Wiatrowski – January 22, 2013 Mayor Bob Buckhorn is asking the City Council to approve nearly $2 million for emergency repairs to the aging Laurel Street Bridge after state officials discovered the drawbridge can no longer function properly. Council members will consider the request on Thursday. Inspectors with the Department of...
  • Honore Ave in Manatee County Planned highway becomes haven for wildlife - If all had gone as planned, Honore Avenue would be a bustling six-lane highway running south from Manatee County to Englewood. Instead, the 2.5 mile section just south of busy Fruitville Road is a two-lane road bordered by bioswales and punctuated with roundabouts that accommodate nearly as much traffic as a four-lane highway. Not only...
  • low water level Stay current on your rivers with USGS WaterNow - For the first time, anyone can find out the current conditions on thousands of rivers and streams across the country, right from their phone, using USGS‘ latest system WaterNow. WaterNow makes the water conditions monitored by more than 16,000 streamgages and other sites across the country available via text or email. Like its predecessor and...
  • featured_ConstantContactAward International All-Star Recognition - Thanks to you, we have been chosen as a Constant Contact All Star!– So, what is Constant Contact? It’s the way we send out our ePublications, as well as most of our meeting and event notices. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits who successfully leverage...
  • featured_Audience_Imagine2040 Imagine 2040 Working Group says: Our community needs clear Vision! - Several rounds of questions were posed to the Imagine 2040 Working Group at its first visioning workshop held on February 12. Eager participants used hand-held electronic voting devices  to express themselves. The group spoke loudly when asked: “Does this community have a clear vision for the future?” 56% voted “No” with only 16% voting “Yes.”...
  • featured river from shore EPA approves Florida’s rules to protect waterways from nutrient pollution - The EPA has approved the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) rules to protect Florida’s waterways from excess nitrogen and phosphorus. These pollutants, called nutrients, cause algal blooms, contaminate drinking water supplies and are among the largest contributors to water quality problems in Florida. These rules establish numeric limits on the amount of nutrient pollution...
  • featured JBLaneRivrfrntParkSIGN_sm Talk of Riverfront Park changes alarms some West Tampa residents - That’s the plea from several West Tampa residents who worried Thursday that Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s musings about the future of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park are leaving them out of the loop. In particular, residents of the West Riverfront neighborhood are worried that one of the mayor’s ideas, putting a waterfront restaurant in the park,...
  • featured River_floatingtrees_sm Felled trees pose a hazard on the River - SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — It was worrisome from the beginning: two men in a small boat and a storm-tossed tree snagged on bridge pilings in murky water. Now Thomas Jones worries that boaters and kayakers should keep a sharp lookout for three runaway logs on the Hillsborough River. They could be adrift somewhere west of the...
  • River_aerial_TempleTerr_sm Maximum levels for Hillsborough River revised - Minimum levels for the portion of the river that runs through Temple Terrace have still not been set. By Ashley Reams September 27, 2012 Ron Smith knows about the changes that Temple Terrace  residents see in the levels of the Hillsborough River. As chairman of the Temple Terrace River Watch Task Force, Smith monitors the...
  • featured TampaTrib_HQ_sm Tampa Tribune owner looks to split properties on Hillsborough River - TAMPA – As the parent company of the Tampa Tribune looks to sell the newspaper, it has asked the city of Tampa about splitting two properties it owns overlooking the Hillsborough River. Media General of Richmond, Virginia, has filed a three-page application asking whether splitting its properties at 200 and 202 S Parker St would...
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