Thursday, July 22, 2021
Back in April when the release of 215 million gallons of nutrient laden water from the Piney Point Phosphogypsum stacks was underway, I wrote that some of the effects would be immediate and others would not be realized for some time. Research done by scientists with USF suggested soon after the release, that dilution of the nutrients took care of the issue with no immediate repercussions. This reminds me of the old adage from the 1960's that went, "the solution to pollution is dilution" which has proven to be bunk many times over.
The same holds true of red tide. In my experience, I've never seen a red tide bloom originate and intensify within Tampa Bay, east of the Skyway Bridge where the Piney Point release took place. There is currently high concentrations of red tide counts and heavy fish kills there. In the past week, the bay side of St. Petersburg has seen huge rafts of dead fish with manatees, dolphins and turtles in the mix.
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