Tampa Bay

The Fourth of July brought a lot of debris to shorelines from people celebrating both on land and on the water. Tampa Bay Watch will be trying to put things right during its post-4th Coastal Cleanup on Saturday.

On a typical spring day, when it hasn't rained in a while, about 7 million gallons of raw sewage flows into St. Petersburg's southwest water treatment plant.

St. Petersburg officials are repairing about 2,000 manholes to make sure the city's sewage system is not overwhelmed during heavy rainfall.

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When it rains in St. Petersburg, as much as four times the amount of sewage can flow through the city's wastewater plants.

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Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate a sewage spill in St. Petersburg.

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St. Petersburg has a plan to minimize sewage spills during major rain events and the Department of Environmental Protection wants to ensure it follows through.

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  The Hillsborough County Health Department issued health advisories for three public beaches today.

Elevated levels of bacteria were found in the water at Simmons Park, Picnic Island and Davis Island.

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Researchers say tiny shreds of plastic, known as “microplastics,” have been building up in Tampa Bay, threatening marine life, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

The microplastics can collect and concentrate toxins that can sicken any marine life that consumes the shreds.

As columnist Robert Trigaux writes in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay is home to tons of hospitals, medical device makers, labs and other health-related industries. But can a one-day conference rocket the region to become health care’s “epicenter of disruptive innovation?”