🌤 #TampaBay is a beautiful and diverse ecosystem and we need to take better care of it. Yesterday, I saw two 🐬chasing 🐟 for dinner while pelicans crashed around them. Blue 🦀 were scurrying in the water. Stingrays stealthily skimmed the bay bottom. 1/5
We have worked diligently for decades to clean up the 🌊water quality of Tampa Bay, but the massive dump of acidic wastewater from the neglected #PineyPoint phosphogypsum stack feels like a slap in the face. This happened before. Nobody learned from it. 2/5
We must learn the lesson now and act. We need new solutions to protect our bay and waterways, & a true commitment to stick with it. We need innovative ideas for the meaningful use of gypsum instead of building massive mounds w giant wastewater ponds that leak and overflow. 3/5
Phosphate mining companies shouldn’t leave taxpayers holding the bag, either.

We know a lot more about restoration and conservation than we did decades ago. Look at the huge investments in Everglades restoration. Tampa Bay deserves extra attention as well. 4/5
Many of the gypsum stacks near the bay also could be redeveloped, used to protect us from storm surge/floods or, heck, turned into solar energy farms ☀️ that are all too absent from our landscape.

Tampa Bay is resilient, but it can only take so much. Let’s get going 🦅 5/5

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