Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack Crisis - More Information and Water Sampling Data
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is maintaining an informational site (https://protectingfloridatogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate) specifically for this crisis. This site will contain up-to-date information as the situation unfolds. You can find information about what they are analyzing on their "Response and Results" page and the actual survey data presented on their ArcGIS server a well.
The Suncoast Waterkeeper site has a section of their site dedicated to this issue with some background as well as actions being taken.
Additionally the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is aggregating sample data from the DEP and other agencies on their Piney Point Dashboard. They have baseline sample data as well as coordinated response data as well.
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Water Quality Program
Tampa Bay Waterkeeper conducts regular water quality sampling throughout the watershed. The results of this consistent monitoring will serve as the legal and scientific backbone of any Clean Water Act challenges, and it will also serve to educate the public about various issues affecting water quality.
The data we collect allows us to track sources of pollution and flag areas that are a potential health risk.
Latest Sample Results
The April 8th, 2021 results (below) are unlikely to reflect the extent of the effects felt by the Piney Point incident, however up to date monitoring on this issue can be found at Florida DEP Sampling Response and Results page as well as https://protectingfloridatogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate
In addition, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is conducting red tide (K.brevis) sampling. Per their website, dated April 7th, 2021: "In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to low concentrations in Sarasota County (in 17 samples), Charlotte County (in 7 samples), and Lee County (in 11 samples) and at very low to medium concentrations in Collier County (in 10 samples). Samples from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and offshore of Monroe counties did not contain red tide." For more information on their sampling, visit their site at https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/
Swim Guide is a website and smartphone app for iPhone and Android that provides current water quality information for beaches and recreational hotspots worldwide, including Tampa Bay.
Swim Guide provides up-to-date information on the safety of local rivers, canals, bayous, and bays for activities like swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing. We provide the results of the water samples we collect and they are released through the app.