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BIRD AND FISH-KILL FOLLOW-UP:  WHAT KILLED THE PELICANS..?

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BIRD AND FISH-KILL FOLLOW-UP:  WHAT KILLED THE PELICANS..?


ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 3, 2017) Following weeks of exhaustive sampling and intense testing of waters in and around Riviera Bay Lake and Coffee Pot Bayou, an independent team of biologists has released their findings on what likely killed tons of fish and dozens of Pelicans earlier this year.

Arcadis scientists took water samples from Coffee Pot Bayou and Riviera Bay Lake #1 (a mostly fresh-water retention pond) and studied the results carefully.  Their theories on the introduction of nutrients into the lake, a cold-weather inversion and reanimation of a powerful neurotoxin that killed and debilitated fish that the pelicans ate are outlined in a series of informational graphics (below).

“Our commitment to getting to the bottom of this unfortunate fish and bird kill included the hiring an independent third party team to fully analyze the water quality in the region,” said Interim Director of Water Resources John Palenchar.  “This should alleviate all fears that this natural occurrence had anything to do with the discharge of partially treated wastewater over the past two summers.”

The City of St. Petersburg will continue to work with Arcadis on ways to help increase the water quality on both basins.

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