A Partners In Planning Publication of

  The Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board &  

  The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission 

eNews Issue 22  

  Spring 2016    


In This Issue

Upcoming Meetings
Meet your River Board
30 Yr Anniversary!
EcoFest April 23!
New TAC Officers
Water Conservation Month
Temple Terrace honors
Great American Cleanup
TAP Study
Sink Safeguards
FEMA Flood Zone Map
USGS Charts

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Upcoming Meetings

Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board Meetings
9:30a @ Temple Terrace City Hall
City Council Conference Room 

Tuesday, May 17 ** 
Monday, August 22 
Monday, November 28

Hillsborough River Technical Advisory Council (TAC) Meetings
1:30p @ Tampa Union Station
Tuesday, April 19 *
Tuesday, May 17 ** 
Tuesday, June 21 
Tuesday, August 16 
Tuesday, September 20 
Tuesday, October 18 
Tuesday, November 15

* The April 19 TAC Meeting will be held at the Tampa Water Department, 7125 N 30th St, 
Tampa, FL  33610

** Joint Meeting of the
Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board & TAC will be held 1:30p @ Tampa Union Station.

View the full meeting calendar. Agendas are posted one week prior to each meeting.

For more information on the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board & Technical Advisory Council, call 813.272.5940 or visit:

Meet your Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board
Tampa City Council Member Lisa Montelione
Lisa Montelione

Vice Chair
Temple Terrace
Grant Rimbey

Al Higganbotham
Hillsborough County Commissioner
Al Higginbotham

River Board celebrates 30 Years!
River Board 30 Yrs
Your River Board is proud to be celebrating our 30 year anniversary as an extremely effective organization. Created by Special Act 86-335, Laws of Florida in 1986, the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board is the designated forum in Hillsborough County responsible for promoting orderly planning, regulation, and development along the river corridor to ensure the environmental health of the Hillsborough River as it runs through three jurisdictions - Unincorporated Hillsborough County and the Cities of Tampa and Temple Terrace. The River Board serves as a non-regulatory agency that provides valuable advisory support to these jurisdictions regarding coordinated development activities, strategic planning, and monitoring services.

With this unique approach to planning, the River Board has successfully provided valuable coordination, planning, and monitoring of the health and welfare of the Hillsborough River with minimal staff support and virtually zero public funds. One elected official from each of the three jurisdictions the Hillsborough River flows through serve on the River Board. Meeting monthly to support the River Board, a Technical Advisory Council composed of three lay-citizens with interest in the health and sustainability of the river, and various government staff representatives with jurisdiction over aspects of the river provide expertise.

In 2015 the Florida Legislature, recognizing the achievements and importance of the River Board, passed a local bill to update the River Board's authorizing legislation. This bill was signed by the Governor, solidifying the achievements of the River Board and setting it on a course to continue our important work into the future. Look for upcoming announcements celebrating our 30 years planning for the environmental health of our beautiful Hillsborough River!

Celebrate Earth Day Tampa Bay on April 23
Celebrates Earth Day Tampa Bay
Saturday, April 23
10a - 3p
Celebrate Earth Day Tampa Bay at the 7th Annual EcoFest at the Lowry Park bandshell area, featuring live music, workshops, green living products and organic produce for sale, local artists, and educational booths. This free community event is organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa, and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. Get more EcoFest information
Technical Advisory Council elects 2016 Officers
Dr Rich Brown
At their February regular meeting the River Board's TAC elected incumbent Dr. Richard Brown, representing the citizens of Hillsborough County, to another term as Chair.

Commissioner Derek Doughty, representing the Planning Commission on the TAC, was elected Vice Chair.

Congratulations to our new officers!

April is Water Conservation Month
Outdoor water use typically accounts for up to 50 percent of water consumed by households. You can reduce your outdoor water consumption by taking a few simple steps. Download the Southwest Florida Water Management Districts' free six-page "Saving Water Outdoors" brochure, and learn more about water conservation.

Temple Terrace celebrates River Board's 30 Years
On April 5, Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura and the Temple Terrace City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the work and achievements of the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Technical Advisory Council and celebrating its 30-year anniversary.

Pictured from left to right: Shawn College, AICP, River Board Executive Director; Lisa Montelione, River Board Chair and Tampa City Council; Frank Chillura, Mayor of Temple Terrace; Grant Rimbey, River Board Vice Chair and Temple Terrace City Council.
Pitch in at the Great American Cleanup
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is recruiting volunteers and site captains for the 2016 Great American Cleanup at various sites throughout Hillsborough County. Projects may involve habitat restoration, trash removal, landscape plantings, playground/park restoration, and tree plantings. This year's theme, Green Starts Here, is a call to action to create sustainable communities by focusing on activities that impact individuals in needs, aid the environment and provide aesthetic community improvements.

For information on project sites and volunteer opportunities, email tdamico@ktbb.org.

Tampa's TAP study may use reclaimed water to supplement tap water
The City of Tampa is investigating a new water supply project, the Tampa Augmentation Project (TAP), to beneficially reuse highly treated reclaimed water from the City's Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. The ultimate objective of TAP is to create additional water supply for potable use within the Tampa Bay region. The reclaimed water will re-enter the environment through use of new rapid infiltration basins and restore and further expand existing wetlands to improve groundwater and surface water levels which in turn will increase the recharge to the Tampa Bypass Canal creating additional surface water supply for potable purposes.

The River Board's Technical Advisory Council heard presentations from staff of the City of Tampa and SWFWMD on TAP and the safety of reclaimed water. Reclaimed water can contain pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other contaminants. It is not yet clear to what extent these contaminants would be removed under the proposed project. As the use of pharmaceuticals has been on the rise in the United States with new pharmaceuticals entering the market each year, the long term ingestion of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals on human health has not been sufficiently studied. To be more specific, which pharmaceuticals and at what levels is not currently tested in potable or reclaimed water on a regular basis. The River Board's TAC expressed hope that the City of Tampa's TAP feasibility study will address these concerns.

SWFWMD agrees to safeguards for Morris Bridge Sink water withdrawals
With the Water Management District seeking to withdrawal water from the Morris Bridge Sink to supplement the flow of the Hillsborough River, a growing chorus of voices raised concerns that the water is not needed and that pumping the sink could result in environmental impacts. Rising opposition from various groups, including the River Board, led to a meeting of SWFWMD representatives and members of Friends of the River, Sierra Club, and the Environmental Protection Commission. An agreement was struck that includes provisions that the withdrawals from the sink be monitored for environmental impacts, no permanent pumping facilities are constructed, and SWFWMD has a plan to deal with any adverse effects from pumping.

Read more by Mike Salinero | Tribune Staff 
FEMA provides interactive map to identify Flood Hazard Zones
Hurricane season is coming up soon. Now is a good time to get an update on your flood zone status.

Search for your home, work, and school addresses to see if where you live, work, or go to school is in a Flood Hazard Zone on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Hazard map.

Regional resources for emergency management including evacuation maps, shelter lists, and other guides to help you get prepared are available on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's web site
USGS Charts