Where is the Piney Point plant located related to St. Pete/Clearwater?
The Piney Point plant is located north of Palmetto, in Manatee County, Florida. Manatee County is south of St. Pete/Clearwater (Pinellas County), and the two counties are connected by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Because St. Pete/Clearwater covers a large geographic area, some cities within St. Pete/Clearwater (Pinellas County) are an hour's drive or more (approximately 56 miles) from the plant. Other locations, such as Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde and downtown St. Pete are approximately 11 nautical miles from the plant. To get the latest from Manatee County, go here. To get the latest updates from the state's Department of Environmental Protection, go here.
Are there any warnings or advisories for St. Pete/Clearwater’s beaches or inland waters related to the problem at Piney Point?
There are no warnings or advisories for St. Pete/Clearwater’s beaches or inland waters.
Are there any impacts to the drinking water in St. Pete/Clearwater related to the problem at Piney Point?
There are no impacts to the area’s drinking water and none are expected.
Is locally caught seafood in the St. Pete/Clearwater area safe to eat?
Yes, locally caught seafood is safe to eat.
What areas of the Tampa Bay region are expected to be affected by the water release from Piney Point?
It is too early to tell which areas will be affected by the water release. However, locations such as the waters around Port Manatee and Terra Ceia Preserve State Park in Manatee County may have adverse environmental effects, as well as other areas of the bay.
What will the possible effects of the water release from Piney Point to the environment?
It is possible that the nutrients in the water release from Piney Point will increase nitrogen and phosphorus levels in Tampa Bay, resulting in algael blooms. Algae growth reduces oxygen levels in the water, and this could result in fish kills. At this time, there are no algal blooms or fish kills reported in the bay. For the latest water sampling results near Piney Point, go here.