CMPS Assists Response to Piney Point Wastewater Spill

Piney Point Loading

Tampa Bay, Florida - CMPS assisted a team from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF CMS) to study the environmental impacts of a wastewater breach at Piney Point, a retired fertilizer processing plant in Manatee County, Florida. A small boat operated by CMPS Director Mark Luther transported USF researcher Kendra Daley, Jay Law, and Laura Azevedo from the R/V Weatherbird II to deploy three sensors in shallow water on the floor of the bay. These sensors record data every 15 minutes and will allow the USF team to assess how quantities such as pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature and chlorophyll are changing over the coming weeks.