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Tampa and the American Alligator: A Sewer Story

If you reside in Florida, you have seen an alligator. They are a natural part of existence due to an ever-growing population and over 1,000 miles of coastline and numerous marshes and rivers. Official data suggests that there may be more than 1.25 million alligators in Florida’s waters. The easiest way to see a gator is to go to one of the many zoos and alligator farms, but if you want to see these impressive reptiles in the wild, there

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Hillsborough River Ecosystem and Activities

The Hillsborough River State Park contains the state’s southernmost outcropping of Suwannee limestone. This outcropping creates a small set of rapids that are a rarity in Florida. The State Park is also perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.  Available activities include picnicking, nature trails, camping, hiking, paddling, bird watching and more. The Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force (HRGTF) was founded over twenty years ago by a group of concerned citizens (both in the public and private sectors) to investigate, plan, and implement

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Tampa Prepares for Flooding with Sewer Improvements

With the rainy season just a few months away, Tampa is resurrecting a plan to address some of the worst flooding in the city. The current plan is to alleviate most of the flooding issues with $250 million in drainage and sewer improvements. Last summer saw some of the worst flooding in years in South and West Tampa, as rain fell on the city for 11 straight days. Some businesses could not open because workers and customers could not get

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University Of Tampa H.B. Plant Museum

The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 8,037 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 60 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida. When visiting campus, or perhaps taking a tour, the Henry B. Plant Museum is not to

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Water Pumped From Sinkhole for Hillsborough River

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWIFTMUD, is asking the state for permission to pump up to 3.9 million gallons of water per day from a sinkhole known as the Morris Bridge Sink. The sinkhole is in northeast Hillsborough County in the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve.  If the Florida Department of Environmental Protection approves, this would be used to boost the flow of the river during dry periods. In the past, the river flowed with enough volume to keep

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