Piney Point Updates Archive

April 2021

 

 

  • April 30, 2021
    Liner repair efforts at NGS-South.

     

    Today, a layer of geo-composite material was placed over the steel plate in the NGS-South compartment. In addition to the stone aggregate placed under the plate, this additional layer of repair will further stabilize the liner seam-separation. The flow continues to be minimized as a result of these repairs and remains contained onsite. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 200 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Sampling results to date currently range between non-detect to normal/background levels. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, FWC sampling results in the localized area of discharges in Manatee County remain within the range of non-detect to low concentrations of K. brevis (a species of red tide).There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 29, 2021
    Dive teams assess repair efforts using submerged technology.

    Today, DEP and dive teams concluded their latest mission utilizing submerged cameras and technology to further assess the stone aggregate and steel plate repairs in NGS-South. Based on this assessment, no further aggregate is expected to be needed at this time. Flow continues to be minimized as a result of these repairs. Work for additional repairs are already underway to maintain stabilization and control of the concentrated seepage onsite. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts. Water treatment onsite has been initiated.
    • Approximately 197 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.Dive teams assess repair efforts using submerged technology.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, FWC sampling results in the localized area of discharges in Manatee County remain within the range of non-detect to low concentrations of K. brevis (a species of red tide).There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 28, 2021
    Dive teams preparing to further assess repair efforts underwater.

     

    Today, dive teams were deployed in the NGS-South compartment to inspect the stone aggregate and further assess repair efforts of the liner seam separation. The goal of this mission was to gain additional visual monitoring and install a pipe to place any future necessary stone aggregate. DEP continues to observe daily reductions in flow as a result of these repairs.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts. 
    • Approximately 194 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, FWC sampling results in the localized area of discharges in Manatee County remain within the range of non-detect to low concentrations of K. brevis (a species of red tide).There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
    Dive teams preparing to further assess repair efforts underwater.

     

  • April 27, 2021

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) surface water samplers are onsite daily to conduct monitoring and maintain oversight of sampling methods and protocols for water treatment efforts. 

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • DEP continues to observe daily reductions of concentrated seepage onsite as a result of the stone aggregate that was placed as a repair to the NGS-South liner seam separation. Field operation crews continue to monitor the plate and aggregate using submerged technology.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts. 
    • Approximately 193 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • Red tide conditions in the Gulf of Mexico were detected prior to previous discharges, but outside of the immediate discharge area. This past week, results were reported detecting red tide in lower Tampa Bay, west of the Manatee River. Based on results of water quality monitoring and utilization of Ocean Circulation Models, the red tide conditions in these areas are not thought to be a direct result of the Piney Point discharges. However, elevated nutrients have the potential to exacerbate these algal blooms. Increased sampling is ongoing. DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, there are no reported fish kills in the localized discharge area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 26, 2021
    DEP response teams continue to monitor liner repair efforts at NGS-South.

     

    DEP continues to observe daily reductions of concentrated seepage on-site as a result of the stone aggregate that was placed as a repair to the NGS-South liner seam separation. Field operation crews continue to monitor the plate and aggregate using submerged technology.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 192 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • Red tide conditions in the Gulf of Mexico were detected prior to previous discharges, but outside of the immediate discharge area. This past week, results were reported detecting red tide in lower Tampa Bay, west of the Manatee River. Based on results of water quality monitoring and utilization of Ocean Circulation Models, the red tide conditions in these areas are not thought to be a direct result of the Piney Point discharges. However, elevated nutrients have the potential to exacerbate these algal blooms. Increased sampling is ongoing. DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, there are no reported fish kills in the localized discharge area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 25, 2021

    The low-level flow that was observed from the concentrated seepage area April 13 has significantly reduced after incorporating stone aggregate below the steel plate covering the liner seam separation. The placement of this aggregate is one tool being implemented to stabilize the plate. Stabilization will help reduce the low-level seepage flow, minimize erosion and provide a stable foundation for continued repair activities. 

    Field operation crews continue to monitor the plate and aggregate using submerged technologies.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 192 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • Red tide conditions in the Gulf of Mexico were detected prior to previous discharges, but outside of the immediate discharge area. This past week, results were reported detecting red tide in lower Tampa Bay, west of the Manatee River. Based on results of water quality monitoring and utilization of Ocean Circulation Models, the red tide conditions in these areas are not thought to be a direct result of the Piney Point discharges. However, elevated nutrients have the potential to exacerbate these algal blooms, and increased sampling is ongoing. DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Thus far, there are no reported fish kills in the localized discharge area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 24, 2021

    The low-level flow that was observed from the concentrated seepage area last Tuesday was significantly reduced after incorporating stone aggregate below the steel plate covering the liner seam separation.

    The placement of this aggregate is one tool being implemented to stabilize the plate. Stabilization will help reduce the low-level seepage flow, minimize erosion and provide a stable foundation for continued repair activities.

    Field operation crews will continue to monitor the plate and aggregate using sonar and video technologies.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 193 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • Red tide conditions in the Gulf of Mexico were detected prior to previous discharges, but outside of the immediate discharge area. This past week, results were reported detecting red tide in lower Tampa Bay, west of the Manatee River. Based on results of water quality monitoring and utilization of Ocean Circulation Models, the red tide conditions in these areas are not thought to be a direct result of the Piney Point discharges. However, elevated nutrients have the potential to exacerbate these algal blooms, and increased sampling is ongoing. DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Thus far, there are no reported fish kills. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 23, 2021

    Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) started placing stone aggregate underneath the steel plate that is covering the liner seam separation on the east wall of the NGS-South compartment. The placement of this aggregate is one tool that will help reduce the low-level seepage flow, minimize erosion and provide a stable foundation for continued repair activities.

    Field operation crews will continue to monitor the plate and aggregate using sonar and video technology.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 193 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • Red tide conditions in the Gulf of Mexico were detected prior to previous discharges, but outside of the immediate discharge area. This past week, results were reported detecting red tide in lower Tampa Bay, west of the Manatee River. Based on results of water quality monitoring and utilization of Ocean Circulation Models, the red tide conditions in these areas are not thought to be a direct result of the Piney Point discharges. However, elevated nutrients have the potential to exacerbate these algal blooms, and increased sampling is ongoing. DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Thus far, there are no reported fish kills. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 22, 2021

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to conduct repair activities associated with the small detachment discovered underneath the steel plate. DEP is monitoring the steel plate and low-level flow around the clock.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 195 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace (0.38 ppb) levels of cyanotoxins. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • Red tide conditions in the Gulf of Mexico were detected prior to previous discharges, but outside of the immediate discharge area. Yesterday, results were reported detecting red tide in lower Tampa Bay, southwest of the Manatee River. Based on results of water quality monitoring and utilization of Ocean Circulation Models, the red tide conditions in these areas are not thought to be a direct result of the Piney Point discharges. However, elevated nutrients have the potential to exacerbate these algal blooms, and increased sampling is ongoing. DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. At this time, there are no reported fish kills. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • April 21, 2021

    Today, third-party engineers completed on-site microgravity surveys in the NGS-South compartment that allows further inspection of subsurface features that could warrant additional investigation.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9 and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 190 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace (0.38 ppb) levels of cyanotoxins. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.

     

  • April 20, 2021

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and prepare for water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9 and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 190 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment.  
    • There have been no observed changes in the status of the detachment underneath the steel plate and the low-level flow remains contained within the on-site stormwater collection system.

    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace (0.34 ppb) levels of cyanotoxins. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.
  • April 19, 2021

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is working closely with state meteorologists to monitor predicted weather events. Field operations teams continue making preparations to manage increased stormwater ahead of early week forecasts of rain and wind. 

    Teams also continue to monitor the small detachment underneath the steel plate around the clock using submerged equipment. There have been no observed changes in the status of the detachment. 

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased. DEP is working rigorously to get innovative technologies up and running as quickly as possible. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts. 
    • Approximately 196.6 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. Elevation and volume will likely fluctuate as innovative technologies are deployed to initiate water treatment. 
    • Today, DEP deployed an additional surveying and assessment tool. Third-party engineers arrived on-site to conduct microgravity surveys in the vicinity of the NGS-South compartment to further inspect subsurface features that could warrant additional investigation.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace (0.34 ppb) levels of cyanotoxins. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.
  • April 18, 2021

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to monitor the small detachment discovered underneath the steel plate placed over the liner seam separation on the east wall of the NGS-South compartment. Field operations teams are fully engaged in repair activities. There have been no observed increases in the flow rate and it remains contained within the on-site stormwater collection system. 

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased. DEP is working rigorously to get innovative technologies up and running as quickly as possible. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts. 
    • DEP is making preparations to manage increased stormwater onsite ahead of early week forecasts of rain and wind.
    • Approximately 197 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. Elevation and volume will likely fluctuate as innovative technologies are deployed to initiate water treatment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace (0.34 ppb) levels of cyanotoxins. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.
  • April 17, 2021

    Today, surface water samplers from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) were onsite reviewing innovative technology sampling methods and protocols. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased. DEP is working rigorously to get innovative technologies up and running as quickly as possible. 
    • DEP is making preparations to manage increased stormwater onsite ahead of early week forecasts of rain and wind.
    • Approximately 205 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. Elevation and volume will likely fluctuate as innovative technologies are deployed to initiate water treatment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace (0.34 ppb) levels of cyanotoxins. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.
  • April 16, 2021
    Dr. Ping Wang of USF's School of Geosciences utilizing bathymetry to survey the NGS-South.

     

    Today, the University of South Florida's School of Geosciences began utilizing bathymetry in the NGS-South to survey and further assess the compartment.

    On Tuesday afternoon, a low-level flow was observed from the concentrated seepage area on the east wall of NGS-South compartment. Dive crews immediately arrived on-scene and identified a small detachment underneath the plate placed over the liner seam separation. At this time, the low-level flow rate appears to be consistent and repair efforts continue. 

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased. The department is working rigorously to get innovative technologies up and running as quickly as possible. It is the department’s focus to ensure that, if possible, any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize any ecological impacts.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. At this time, bloom conditions have been observed in the localized area of previous discharges. To date, results have ranged from non-detect to trace (0.34 ppb) levels of cyanotoxins. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • Approximately 213 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. Elevation and volume will likely fluctuate as innovative technologies are deployed to initiate water treatment. 
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.

     

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

  • April 15, 2021
    Ground penetrating radar at NGS-South

     

    Chief Science Officer Dr. Rains (right) on-site working with DEP's geologists conduct ground penetrating radar.

    The department remains fully engaged in first response activities and is diligently monitoring conditions at the site.

    On Tuesday afternoon, a low-level flow was observed from the concentrated seepage area on the east wall of NGS-South compartment. Dive crews immediately arrived on-scene and identified a small detachment underneath the plate placed over the liner seam separation. At this time, the low-level flow rate appears to be consistent. Assessment and repair efforts continue.

    DEP's Florida Geological Survey, in consultation with Dr. Mark Rains, DEP’s Chief Science Officer, is currently on-site completing ground penetrating radar to further assess the concentrated seepage.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased. The department is working rigorously to get innovative technologies up and running as quickly as possible. It is the department’s focus to ensure that, if possible, any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize any ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 215 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. Elevation and volume will likely fluctuate as innovative technologies are deployed to initiate water treatment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

  • April 14, 2021
    Dive Ops working to repair seal in Piney Point NGS-South

     

    The department remains fully engaged in first response activities and is diligently monitoring conditions at the site.

    Dive Ops assessing low-level leak in Piney Point NGS-South

    On Tuesday, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a low-level flow was observed from the concentrated seepage area on the east wall of NGS-South compartment. Dive crews immediately arrived on-scene and identified a small detachment underneath the plate placed over the liner seam separation. At this time, the low-level flow rate is consistent and not increasing. Crews continue to make progress in repairing the seal. No other leaks have been identified and the released flow has remained within the on-site stormwater collection system. 

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased. The department is working rigorously to get innovative technologies up and running as quickly as possible. It is the department’s focus to ensure that, if possible, any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize any ecological impacts.
    • Approximately 222 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. Elevation and volume will likely fluctuate as innovative technologies are deployed to initiate water treatment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

  • April 13, 2021

    Press Conference with Governor Ron DeSantis

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Today, Governor DeSantis was joined by legislators, DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein and Manatee County officials at the Piney Point facility in Manatee County to announce next steps in the state’s response at Piney Point. The announcement included directing DEP to create a long-term plan for the closure of Piney Point, ensuring this will be the last chapter in the site’s long history. The Governor also directed DEP to take any and all legal actions to ensure HRK and any other actors are held fully accountable.

    The first step towards permanent closure is to ensure we are ready to take the next steps toward any necessary restoration and mitigation as quickly as possible. To that end, Governor DeSantis also announced that he is redirecting $15.4 million from existing appropriations at DEP to be used for innovative technologies to pre-treat water at the site.

    Senator Wilton Simpson expressed the legislature’s support to supplement these immediate actions with future funding appropriations, starting with an estimated $100 million in the coming fiscal year.

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased.
    • Approximately 222 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. Elevation and volume will likely fluctuate as innovative technologies are deployed to initiate water treatment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.   
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.
    • The department remains fully engaged in first response activities and is diligently monitoring conditions at the site. At approximately 3:30 p.m., a low-level flow was observed from the concentrated seepage area on the east wall of NGS-South compartment. Dive crews immediately arrived on-scene and are currently in the water confirming that the plate placed over the liner seam separation has remained secured, and no other leaks are identified.
    Dive Crew on-site at Piney Point

     

  • April 12, 2021
    Dive Ops at NGS-South

    Severe weather passed through the Piney Point site, on Sunday, April 11, 2021, producing approximately 2.8 inches of rain and strong winds. At this time, there is no identified damage as a result of the recent storm system. The steel plate repair remains sealed at the seam separation and will continue to be monitored.

    Key status updates and response activities:  

    • Discharges to Port Manatee remain ceased.
    • 221 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment.
    • Piezometers (pictured below) are installed below ground surrounding the NGS-South to detect changes in water pressure within the stack system. This is part of ongoing monitoring in place to help ensure integrity of the stack system. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available.
    • There are no reported fish kills in the area.

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

     

    Piezometer - East Berm of NGS-South
  • April 11, 2021

      

    Northeast Stormwater Drainage Area

    DEP is managing increased stormwater on-site due to scattered heavy rain and wind forecasted through tomorrow morning. Teams were on-site all night and continue to coordinate with state meteorologists throughout the weather event. 

    Yesterday, 217 million gallons remained in the NGS-South compartment. The site received 0.6 inches of rain, thus increasing the volume in the compartment to 221 million gallons. The steel plate repair is currently sealing the seam separation at this time and will continue to be monitored throughout the storms. 

    Key status updates and response activities:  

    • At this time, discharges to Port Manatee are still ceased.
    • Sampling efforts and monitoring are ongoing. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impacts to Tampa Bay from the Piney Point discharges. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

  • April 10, 2021

    This week, DEP deployed diving companies and submersible cameras that identified a seam separation on the east wall of the NGS-South. Dive operations have strategically placed a steel plate on the seam separation to temporarily repair this identified source of concentrated seepage. At this time, the plate has been installed and we will continue to monitor the success of this repair. We continue to work to identify whether there are any additional separations of the liner.

    In anticipation of weekend weather forecasts, DEP has made preparations for managing increased stormwater on-site due to anticipated heavy rain and wind. DEP is coordinating with state meteorologists and response teams will remain on-site throughout the foreseen weather event.

    Key status updates and response activities:  

    • At this time, discharges to Port Manatee are still ceased.
    • Approximately 217 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. To date, 215 million gallons were discharged to the port.
    • Sampling efforts and monitoring are ongoing. DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impacts to Tampa Bay from the Piney Point discharges. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP tasked two innovative technology companies to initiate nutrient reduction and removal treatments from water on-site prior to discharging to Port Manatee. These technologies are on-site preparing for operation.

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  • April 9, 2021

    All discharges of untreated water to Port Manatee are currently ceased. As we deploy innovative technology on-site, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) goal is to ensure that any future required discharges to the port are treated to reduce nutrients entering surrounding waterways and minimize possible ecological impacts such as algal blooms.  

    DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges from the NGS-South compartment to Port Manatee. Localized impacts to water quality were observed by DEP in the immediate zone of discharge at the port, which is to be expected at this time. By ceasing untreated discharge, ecological impacts to the area will be mitigated. Sampling efforts and monitoring are ongoing. There are no reported fish kills in the area.  

    Key status updates and response activities:  

    • At this time, discharges to Port Manatee have ceased.   

    • Approximately 223 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment.  

    • To date, approximately 215 million gallons have been discharged to the port. 

    • DEP tasked two innovative technology companies to initiate nutrient reduction and removal treatments from water on-site prior to discharging to Port Manatee.  

    • DEP deployed diving companies and submersible cameras and identified a seam separation on the east wall of the compartment. Field operations teams are working around the clock to implement necessary repairs to the liner to contain the flow. The flow of the seepage has reduced and remains contained onsite in the facility’s lined stormwater management system.     

    • DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impacts to Tampa Bay from the Piney Point discharges. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 

  • April 8, 2021

    Within the past 24 hours, DEP has reduced discharge flow to Port Manatee by more than 90%. Teams are now deploying nutrient reduction and removal treatments of the water on-site to address any required discharges in the future. This will significantly reduce nutrient loading to Port Manatee and help minimize water quality impacts. 

    Yesterday, DEP deployed diving companies and submersible cameras in the NGS-South compartment and identified a seam separation on the east wall of the compartment. DEP and contracted crews continue to work around the clock to implement necessary repairs to the liner to contain the flow. Field operations teams are actively assessing the remainder of the system to continue stabilization and water treatment efforts. These efforts have enabled DEP to move forward with these important steps to reduce the current discharge volume of untreated water and ensure future discharges are pre-treated. 

    DEP continues to work with its partners to implement solutions in the waterways surrounding Piney Point to combat potential harmful algal blooms and continues sampling the water quality network in this area daily.  

    Key status updates and response activities:  

    • The reduced rate of discharge to Port Manatee is now estimated to be less than 5 million gallons per day.   

    • Approximately 232 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment.  

    • To date, approximately 202 million gallons have been discharged to the port. 

    • DEP tasked two innovative technology companies to initiate nutrient reduction and removal treatments from water on-site prior to discharging to Port Manatee.  

    • DEP is working to repair the one identified area where there is concentrated seepage from the east wall of the NGS-South compartment. The flow of the seepage has reduced and remains contained onsite in the facility’s lined stormwater management system.     

    • DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impacts to Tampa Bay from the Piney Point discharges. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 

    • Manatee County Emergency Management reopened U.S. Highway 41 and Buckeye Road to traffic and lifted the local evacuation order enabling local residents and businesses to return home safely.  

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

  • April 7, 2021

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) tasked two innovative technology companies to initiate nutrient reduction and removal treatments from water on-site prior to discharging to Port Manatee. DEP continues to work with its partners to implement solutions in the waterways surrounding Piney Point to combat potential harmful algal blooms. 

    Key status updates and response activities:  

    • Approximately 258 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment.  

    • More than 38 million gallons per day are being removed from the NGS-South compartment through pumps and other water management activities.  

    • Controlled discharges of mixed saltwater from NGS-South compartment to Port Manatee are ongoing to reduce the water volume and pressure, and stabilize the system. To date, approximately 173 million gallons have been discharged to the port.  

    • The department is working to repair the one identified area where there is concentrated seepage from the east wall of the NGS-South compartment. The flow of the seepage has reduced and remains contained onsite in the facility’s lined stormwater management system.     

    • DEP’s interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impacts to Tampa Bay from the Piney Point discharges. The most recent results show sampling locations in Tampa Bay are attaining marine water quality standards; however, sampling from areas surrounding the active discharge point in Port Manatee shows elevated levels of phosphorus. 

    • Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 

    • Yesterday, Manatee County Emergency Management reopened U.S. Highway 41 to traffic and lifted the local evacuation order enabling local residents and businesses to return home safely. 

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

    For information on public safety and evacuation guidance in this area, please visit MyManatee.org. 

  • April 6, 2021

    Yesterday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched an interactive water quality dashboard detailing sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impacts to Tampa Bay from the Piney Point discharges. This enables citizens to have access to water quality data collected in response to this incident as soon as it's available. 

    DEP continues to work in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and local county governments to maximize water management options to remove water from the NGS-South compartment, relieve pressure and stabilize the system.  

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • As of 7 a.m. this morning, approximately 303 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. More than 35 million gallons per day are being removed from the NGS-South compartment through pumps, vacuum trucks and other water management activities.  
    • Controlled discharges from NGS-South compartment to Port Manatee are ongoing to reduce the volume in order to lessen the pressure and stabilize the system. To date, approximately 165 million gallons have been discharged to the port.     
    • There is one area of concentrated seepage from the east wall of the NGS-South compartment. DEP continues to monitor the area for any developments. The water from this seepage remains contained onsite in the facility’s lined stormwater management system.    
    • The uncontrolled discharge to Piney Point Creek ceased Saturday, April 3, 2021. It has not resumed.   
    • DOH and DEP staff visited the site yesterday to collect samples to obtain the latest water quality information on the water in the NGS-South compartment, including radiologicals. These results will be published here as soon as available. All water quality information to date concludes that this water is NOT radioactive.   
    • Last night, DEP in conjunction with the EPA, the FDEM and Manatee County brought three additional pumps online to expedite water removal efforts from the NGS-South compartment. DEP continues to maximize every opportunity available at the site to relieve pressure and stabilize the compartment. 
    • Statewide, DEP has prioritized research and supporting the use of innovative technologies for water quality protection and restoration. This week, DEP established a professional working group to collaborate with private and public partners to identify and deploy innovative technologies and solutions to aid in nutrient removal efforts for water in the containment areas at the Piney Point facility. This group will also address options for treatment technologies  for surface water discharge points in order to prevent or minimize algal blooms.  

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate.

    For information on public safety and evacuation guidance in this area, please visit MyManatee.org.

  • April 5, 2021

    There have been news reports of a second area of seepage from the east wall of the NGS-South compartment at Piney Point. These reports are unsubstantiated. A technical working group, including engineers and dam safety specialists from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Army Corps of Engineers and additional third-party engineers, was on-site today evaluating conditions and determined the site was safe to continue work. 

    Key status updates and response activities: 

    • The department continues to monitor the one identified area where there is concentrated seepage from the east wall of the NGS-South compartment. The water from this seepage remains contained onsite in the site’s lined stormwater management.  

    • The uncontrolled discharge to Piney Point Creek has ceased. 

    • Controlled discharges from NGS-South compartment to Port Manatee are ongoing to reduce the volume in order to reduce pressure and stabilize the system.   

    • In addition to the controlled discharge to Port Manatee, the DEM has also deployed at least 26 pumps for use of water removal from the NGS-South compartment and other water management activities at the site. They have also deployed 10 vacuum trucks.  

    • More than 35 million gallons per day are being removed from the NGS-South compartment through these combined water activities. 

    • DEP has collaborated with Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, to identify additional sampling locations around Port Manatee and the adjacent coastline. An additional five sampling locations have been added. Beginning today, that makes a total of 11 locations that will be monitored daily by the department. This monitoring includes sampling to determine changes in salinity, dissolved oxygen, clarity, nutrient levels, turbidity, radionuclides and other variables that will determine any changes in baseline water quality status in this area. The counties will be sampling additional separate site locations. To date results have been received for dissolved oxygen, salinity and pH, all of which meet water quality standards. Additional water quality information, including additional parameters, will be published here as it is available in the coming days. 

    • Department staff went out to the site today to collect samples to obtain the latest water quality information on the water in the NGS-South compartment, including radiologicals. All water quality information concludes that this water is NOT radioactive. These results will be published here as soon as available. 

    • The department is also working to deploy innovative technologies to remove nutrients from the water in NGS-South compartment prior to discharge and that could be implemented to prevent or minimize algal blooms in Port Manatee and surrounding areas.  

  • April 4, 2021

    Today, Governor Ron DeSantis traveled to Manatee County to meet with state and local officials as Florida continues to mitigate the potential risk of uncontrolled discharges from Piney Point. The Governor has issued a State of Emergency in Manatee County to ensure proper resources are available for response and recovery. Governor DeSantis’ press conference from Manatee County can be viewed HERE

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein and Florida Division of Emergency Management Director (FDEM) Jared Moskowitz are onsite at the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center. 

    In addition, state agencies are coordinating resources both in Tallahassee and onsite to ensure proper response and mitigation of risks in Manatee County. DEP and FDEM are also working closely with the Florida Department of Health to mitigate any risks to public health, and are coordinating with the Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol on infrastructure and road closures.

    “Our first priority is public health and safety. Teams on the ground are laser-focused on addressing this issue, and I have directed Secretary Valenstein to work with Manatee County and utilize all available resources to form a permanent solution to this longstanding issue,” said Governor DeSantis. “I have also deployed the National Guard and they are in the process of dropping off additional pumps via aircraft on top of the berms, to help decrease the water levels in the Piney Point reservoir at an even faster pace. The State is committed to holding HRK and all involved parties accountable.” 

    “Our teams are working around the clock to mitigate risks and ensure emergency preparedness in the area that could experience flooding, should an uncontrolled breach occur. It is clear that this facility must be closed. I want to assure Floridians that we are dedicated to holding HRK accountable for this issue through enforcement action,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein.

    “At the division, we are sending every resource at our disposal to the site by truck, crane and helicopter. We have already deployed 20 pumps, 10 vacuum trucks and more than 100,000 bottles of water, with more on the way. I urge residents in the area to follow all warnings and evacuation orders from local officials as we do everything we can to keep you safe,” said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz.

    On March 26, 2021, there were approximately 480 million gallons in the impacted NGS-South compartment. As of this morning, the total quantity in the impacted compartment is approximately 306 million gallons. The state continues to work around the clock to make repairs and remove water from the compartment to prevent uncontrolled discharge into surrounding areas.

    Currently, 316 residents are under an evacuation order and should heed the guidance given from Manatee County. For information on public safety and evacuation guidance in this area, please visit MyManatee.org.

  • April 3, 2021 (updates)

    Today, Governor DeSantis issued a State of Emergency for Manatee County due to a possible breach of mixed saltwater from the south reservoir at the Piney Point facility. The Governor has directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Division of Emergency Management to coordinate resources both in Tallahassee and at the site to ensure proper response and mitigation of risks in Manatee County.  

    DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein was onsite today at the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center where he provided real-time updates on the state’s response efforts. The following statement is from Secretary Valenstein.

    "The department’s top priority at this time is the protection of public health and safety. As a result of the State of Emergency declared by Governor DeSantis today, this will ensure resources are available for response and recovery.

    Our first response activities are focused on ensuring releases are controlled and stopped as quickly as possible. We will then focus on our regulatory review and enforcement.

    I assure you that DEP is dedicated to full enforcement for any damages to our state’s resources and holding HRK accountable for this event. We are completing rigorous water quality sampling daily to support any future enforcement action. While this water meets most water quality standards for marine waters, there are elevated levels of nutrients and the water is acidic. However, the water is not radioactive.

    We are committed to working with Manatee County and utilizing all available resources to determine a permanent solution to this long-standing issue.” 

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate.

    For information on public safety and evacuation guidance in this area, please visit MyManatee.org.

  • April 3, 2021

    On April 3, officials were notified that there was a possible imminent breach of the south reservoir at the facility.  

    In response, Governor DeSantis issued a State of Emergency to ensure resources are allocated for necessary response and recovery.  

    DEP is coordinating with @FLSERT Emergency Management officials to monitor and respond to a recent shift in the south stack at the Piney Point facility. Manatee County Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for the facility. 

    DEP is relocating its onsite command to the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center to ensure safety of response staff on the ground. We are committed to working with emergency response staff in their preparations. We will provide updates as this evolves. 

  • April 2, 2021

    In an effort to prevent uncontrolled discharges that would result in environmental harm, DEP issued an Emergency Order requiring HRK to take immediate action and implement necessary steps to ensure integrity of the system. This authorization includes the release of controlled discharges.

    To be clear, the department's authorization for the controlled discharges is not a blanket authorization. The Emergency Final Order only authorizes discharges at an amount necessary to ensure stabilization.  

    The purpose of these controlled discharges is to prevent the buildup of pressure in the system. Such excess pressure could cause uncontrolled discharges of mixed seawater into freshwater, and also undermine the structural integrity of the water management system at the site. 

    On April 1, 2021, controlled discharges alleviated pressure enough to temporarily halt uncontrolled discharges into Piney Point Creek. A State Watch Office notice was distributed regarding this event, and did not include the word “creek,” when identifying Piney Point Creek - causing many to believe all discharges had ceased which is not the case. Later on, uncontrolled discharges resumed into Piney Point Creek, but at a decreased volume. This status remains the case at this time and DEP is continuing to oversee HRK’s response onsite to resolve this issue.  

    Aside from this, a separate leak in the pipe leading into Port Manatee paused controlled discharges until repairs could be made. Yesterday evening, these leaks were fixed and controlled discharges resumed this afternoon in an effort to continue alleviating pressure and maintaining structural integrity. 

    DEP is coordinating with local stakeholders and we began water quality monitoring of Port Manatee on March 30, 2021 to protect human health and safety, and to transparently communicate with the public as this situation evolves. DEP is dedicated to full enforcement for any damages to our state’s resources and holding HRK accountable for this event. 

    Around 4 p.m. on April 2, 2021, a breakout of seepage in the east wall of the NGS south containment area was observed. This water is the same mixed seawater in the reservoir. These discharges are currently contained in the onsite lined stormwater system. DEP’s Emergency Management staff are onsite and coordinating with Manatee County to provide assistance with an engineered blockade of natural landscape to halt the breakout to contain the system.  

    This situation is rapidly evolving. For more information about the emergency evacuation notice, please visit:

    Manatee County Public Safety Department   Manatee County Twitter Updates

May 2021

  • May 28, 2021

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff continues its oversight of the progress being made onsite with water treatment efforts through innovative technologies, along with the monitoring of the success of the sand placement repair in the NGS-South compartment.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.
    • Approximately 190 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including wind and associated wave activity in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 26, 2021

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff continues its oversight of the progress being made onsite with water treatment efforts through innovative technologies, along with the monitoring of the success of the sand placement repair in the NGS-South compartment.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.
    • Approximately 190 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including wind and associated wave activity in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 24, 2021

    Sand placement in the NGS-South compartment concluded yesterday, which minimized the flow of concentrated seepage into the onsite lined stormwater system. It is estimated that approximately 16,400 cubic yards of sand have been added to the compartment since the operation began on May 11, 2021. The department will continue to monitor the success of this repair in the NGS-South, as well as the ongoing water treatment in OGS-North and LPWS, as short- and long-term water management strategies are identified.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.
    • Approximately 186 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including wind and associated wave activity in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

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  • May 23, 2021

    Sand placement in the NGS-South compartment is expected to conclude today. As a result of this effort, the flow of concentrated seepage into the onsite lined stormwater system has been minimized. It is estimated that more than 15,300 cubic yards of sand have been added to the compartment since the operation began on May 11, 2021.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.
    • Approximately 186 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including wind and associated wave activity in the pond. Wind activity from the east has decreased significantly from earlier this week and, as anticipated, today's volume readings were lower.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

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  • May 22, 2021

    Innovative technology companies continue to make progress in onsite water treatment efforts. DEP conducts daily sampling as part of its oversight of these efforts.

    Additionally, sand placement to further reduce the flow of concentrated seepage into the onsite lined stormwater system has continued to demonstrate success. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Sand placement in the NGS-South compartment is ongoing. It is estimated that more than 14,000 cubic yards of sand have been added to the compartment since the operation began on May 11, 2021.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.
    • Approximately 196 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • May 21, 2021

    DEP staff continue to monitor the progress being made with water treatment through innovative technologies and efforts to further reduce the flow of concentrated seepage into the onsite lined stormwater system. Repairs to date have proven successful and have significantly reduced the seepage flow. DEP continues onsite daily sampling to monitor water treatment efforts.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Sand placement in the NGS-South compartment is ongoing. It is estimated that more than 13,000 cubic yards of sand have been added to the compartment since the operation began on May 11, 2021.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.
    • Approximately 196 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • May 20, 2021

    Sand placement in the NGS-South compartment is ongoing. Repairs to date continue to reduce the flow of the concentrated seepage into the onsite lined stormwater system. It is estimated that more than 11,700 cubic yards of sand have been added to the compartment since the operation began on May 11, 2021.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.
    • Approximately 196 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • May 19, 2021
    Piney Point May 19, 2021

    Sand placement within the NGS-South compartment continues to reduce the flow of the concentrated seepage into the onsite lined stormwater system. It is estimated that more than 10,400 cubic yards of sand have been added to the compartment since the operation began on May 11, 2021.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 196 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

     

  • May 18, 2021
    DEP water sampling efforts continue in throughout Tampa Bay.

    DEP's Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration conducted water quality sampling in Tampa Bay today. As part of the ongoing sampling efforts being conducted in coordination with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments, DEP continues monitoring dissolved oxygen and water clarity, while also assessing phosphorus and nitrogen levels in water.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 196 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 17, 2021
    Sand placement continues around the steel plate located in NGS-South.

    Sand placement continues in the NGS-South compartment to further stabilize the temporary repair and minimize the potential for additional seepage. As this project continues over the next several days, water levels are expected to fluctuate in the NGS-South compartment and in the lined on-site stormwater system. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 200 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 16, 2021
    Sand placement continues around the steel plate located in NGS-South.

    Sand placement continues and it is estimated that approximately 7,100 cubic yards of sand has been placed in the NGS-South compartment to further stabilize the temporary repair and minimize the potential for additional seepage. As this project continues, water levels are expected to fluctuate in the NGS-South compartment and in the lined on-site stormwater system. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 200 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • Sand is stockpiled onsite and transported to the top of the gypsum stack where it is then slurried and pumped into the NGS-South compartment.DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 15, 2021

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) surface water samplers continue onsite daily monitoring to maintain oversight of sampling methods and protocols for water treatment efforts. 

    Sand placement continues in the NGS-South compartment to reinforce the steel plate. Crews are making progress towards further stabilizing the system and minimizing the potential for additional seepage. As this project continues, water levels are expected to fluctuate in the NGS-South compartment and in the lined on-site stormwater system.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 200 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 14, 2021

    Sand placement continues in the NGS-South compartment to reinforce the steel plate. The ultimate goal is to further stabilize the system and minimize the potential for additional seepage.  

    As this project continues, water levels are expected to fluctuate in the NGS-South compartment and in the lined on-site stormwater system.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 200 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

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  • May 13, 2021

    DEP continues placing sand in the NGS-South compartment to reinforce the steel plate. The ultimate goal is to further stabilize the system and minimize the potential for additional seepage.  

    The concentrated seepage continues to be contained onsite.

    As this project continues, water levels are expected to fluctuate in the NGS-South compartment and in the lined on-site stormwater system.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 203 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 12, 2021
    DEP incorporates sand into the NGS-South compartment.

    DEP continues placing sand in the NGS-South compartment. To date, this work has minimized the concentrated seepage, which is being contained onsite.  

    As this project continues, water levels can be expected to fluctuate in the NGS-South compartment.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 11, 2021

    DEP began work today incorporating sand around the liner seam-separation inside the NGS-South compartment to reinforce the steel plate and to further reduce the potential for additional seepage. While the steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize the concentrated seepage that is being contained onsite, DEP expects additional progress and stabilization will be made with the introduction of the sand placement.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been managing water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

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  • May 10, 2021

    DEP continues to monitor the temporary repairs to the liner seam-separation in the NGS-South compartment. The steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize the concentrated seepage, which remains contained onsite. DEP is preparing for additional repair work to further stabilize the system.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 9, 2021

    DEP continues to monitor the temporary repairs to the liner seam-separation in the NGS-South compartment. The steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize the concentrated seepage, which remains contained onsite. DEP is evaluating additional opportunities for repairs.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 8, 2021

    DEP continues to monitor the temporary repairs to the liner seam-separation in the NGS-South compartment. The steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize the concentrated seepage, which remains contained onsite. DEP is evaluating additional opportunities for repairs.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 7, 2021

    DEP continues to monitor the temporary repairs to the liner seam-separation in the NGS-South compartment. The steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize the concentrated seepage, which remains contained onsite. DEP is evaluating additional opportunities for repairs.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 6, 2021

    DEP continues to monitor the temporary repairs to the liner seam-separation in the NGS-South compartment. The steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize concentrated seepage, and remains contained onsite. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 5, 2021
    DEP collecting samples from innovative technology treated water.

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) surface water samplers continue onsite daily monitoring to maintain oversight of sampling methods and protocols for water treatment efforts. Response efforts at the site remain ongoing and unchanged.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

     

  • May 4, 2021

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) surface water samplers continue onsite daily monitoring to maintain oversight of sampling methods and protocols for water treatment efforts.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 204 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Sampling results to date currently range between non-detect to normal/background levels. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, FWC sampling results in and near the localized area of discharges in Manatee County remain within the range of non-detect to low concentrations of K. brevis (a species of red tide).There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 3, 2021
    Dive teams deploying submerged technology in NGS-South.

    Today, DEP and dive teams utilized submerged cameras and technology to continue monitoring the stone aggregate, geo-composite and steel plate repairs in NGS-South. Based on today's assessment, the concentrated seepage in NGS-South continues to be controlled and stabilized on-site.  

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.

     

    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.

     

    • Approximately 205 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 

     

    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Sampling results to date currently range between non-detect to normal/background levels. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 

     

    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.

     

    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, FWC sampling results in the localized area of discharges in Manatee County remain within the range of non-detect to low concentrations of K. brevis (a species of red tide).There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

    DEP and dive teams reviewing live feed from underwater ROV.Underwater ROV used to assess NGS-South.
  • May 2, 2021

    DEP continues to monitor the temporary repairs to the liner seam-separation in NGS-South compartment. The steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize concentrated seepage, and remains contained onsite. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 196 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Sampling results to date currently range between non-detect to normal/background levels. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, FWC sampling results in the localized area of discharges in Manatee County remain within the range of non-detect to low concentrations of K. brevis (a species of red tide).There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • May 1, 2021

    DEP continues to monitor the temporary repairs to the liner seam-separation in NGS-South compartment. The steel plate, stone aggregate and geo-composite material continue to minimize concentrated seepage, and remains contained onsite. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Discharges to Port Manatee ceased April 9, 2021, and have not resumed at this time. It remains DEP's priority, if possible, to ensure any future necessary discharges are pre-treated to minimize ecological impacts.
    • DEP has been methodically relocating water among the lined storage basins onsite to safely manage water, respond to rainfall events and initiate water treatment. Water levels can be expected to fluctuate daily due to these water management activities, as well as evaporation.
    • Approximately 198 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Sampling results to date currently range between non-detect to normal/background levels. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality in the area. Currently, FWC sampling results in the localized area of discharges in Manatee County remain within the range of non-detect to low concentrations of K. brevis (a species of red tide).There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

June 2021

  • June 30, 2021

    The Piney Point site received more than two inches of rain yesterday and continues to receive rain today. The stormwater management system for the site is functioning as designed, managing the runoff from the rain event. Rainwater runoff is being conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfall to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the containment areas onsite. Those discharges ceased on April 9 and have not resumed. Manatee County and HRK have collected samples at the permitted outfall to confirm the stormwater meets the requirements of its permit. 

    The water levels in the ponds onsite are within safe levels, and DEP remains committed to its stringent oversight of HRK’s water management activities at the Piney Point site. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 213 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills in Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • June 25, 2021

    While the site received approximately two inches of rain this past week, all ponds onsite continue to be maintained within safe water levels. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will continue its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment. HRK will work with their contractors and DEP to adjust water management strategies as needed through continuous monitoring of current and future weather conditions.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 200 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills in Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • June 18, 2021

    The site received approximately 1.2 inches of rain this past week. All ponds onsite continue to be maintained within safe water levels. DEP will continue its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment. The department remains prepared to adjust water management strategies as needed through continuous monitoring of current and future weather conditions.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 205 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills in Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • June 14, 2021

    DEP continues its oversight of the on-going efforts to manage the water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment. The department remains prepared to adjust water management as needed through continuous monitoring of current and future weather conditions.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 208 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills near Port Manatee and the Skyway Bridge, as well as other parts of Tampa Bay closer to the mouth and along coastal beaches of Pinellas County. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • June 11, 2021

    DEP’s two contracted innovative technology companies continue water treatment efforts at the site. Water management activities remain ongoing to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment. 

    DEP remains committed to its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility and to holding HRK accountable for the its legal responsibilities as site owner and operator, which includes managing the site to ensure the integrity of the stack system in order to protect public health, safety, and the welfare of the public and the environment.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 203 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC has received reports of fish kills near Port Manatee and the Skyway Bridge, as well as other parts of Tampa Bay closer to the mouth and along coastal beaches of Pinellas County. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • June 9, 2021

    Following the expiration of the DEP Amended Emergency Final Order related to the Piney Point (Eastport) Facility and the Governor’s Executive Order, DEP sent a letter to HRK Holdings, L.L.C., notifying them that even though the potential catastrophic failure of the gypstack system has been minimized at this time, HRK is expected to meet its legal responsibilities as site owner and operator, to manage the site to ensure the integrity of the stack system and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the environment. 

    DEP remains committed to its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility and to holding HRK accountable for the recent events at the site through all possible legal means.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 201 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is currently investigating reports of fish kills near Port Manatee and the Skyway Bridge, as well as other parts of Tampa Bay closer to the mouth and along coastal beaches of Pinellas County. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • June 4, 2021

    DEP continues its oversight of the on-going efforts to manage the water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment. The department remains prepared to adjust water management as needed through continuous monitoring of current and future weather conditions.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 201 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is currently investigating reports of fish kills in Boca Ciega, Pass-a-Grille and St. Pete Beach. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • June 2, 2021

    HRK and on-site contractors transferred water earlier this week into the NGS-South compartment in preparation of possible rainfall. This is part of the on-going effort to manage the water within the lined storage basins onsite to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 201 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including water management activities and wind and associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. There are no reported fish kills in this area. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

July 2021

  • July 7, 2021

    The Piney Point site received approximately 2.5 inches of rain overnight due to Tropical Storm Elsa. Today, DEP inspectors were onsite to assess the conditions at the site. Water levels in the containment areas remain within safe operational levels and the stormwater system at the site continues to operate properly as designed. There were no spills or overflows of the containment areas as a result of the storm.

    Approximately 249 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. The increase in volume since yesterday’s report is due to rainfall from Tropical Storm Elsa. The temporary repair in the NGS-South compartment continues to function as designed. 

    DEP will continue its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment. The department remains prepared to adjust water management strategies as needed through continuous monitoring of current and future weather conditions.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • July 6, 2021

    DEP inspectors have been onsite throughout the weekend overseeing HRK staff's preparations for possible impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa. Staff onsite have worked to secure heavy equipment and water treatment components, in addition to adjusting water management levels in the ponds to ensure the site can endure hurricane force winds and rain. Additional pumps and generators have also been incorporated to safeguard against potential power outages.

    Approximately 243 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. The increase in volume since Friday's report is due to water transfer from connecting lined ponds for pre-storm site preparations. Water management will continue throughout the storm to ensure pond volumes stay within safe levels. Based on current rainfall projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of up to 6 inches, the site, including the NGS-South compartment, is expected to be able to accommodate the additional rainfall without incident. 

    At the present time, the temporary repair in the NGS-South compartment continues to function as designed. Monitoring will continue throughout the storm. 

    DEP’s priority continues to be the protection of human health and safety and the minimization of any potential impacts to the environment. DEP remains committed to its stringent oversight of the activities at Piney Point.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • July 2, 2021

    DEP remains committed to its stringent oversight of HRK’s activities at Piney Point as they prepare the site for possible impacts from Hurricane Elsa. Department inspectors are onsite overseeing hurricane preparations as staff work to secure heavy equipment and water treatment elements, and adjust water management levels in the ponds to ensure the site can endure hurricane force winds and rain. Additional pumps and generators are also being incorporated to safeguard against potential power outages.

    DEP’s priority continues to be the protection of human health and safety and the minimization of any potential impacts to the environment.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 215 million gallons are held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond. 
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

August 2021

  • Aug. 31, 2021

    The ultimate goal remains closure of the site once and for all. The receiver appointed last week will pave the way to expediting this process.  

    Day-to-day management and operations of the site will now come from this receiver. This includes safely managing water onsite to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season and exploring other permanent solutions to alleviate the need for any future discharges.  

    DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure the closure of Piney Point. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 25.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 8 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 178 trucks have hauled approximately 1,128,980 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 261 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Aug. 30, 2021

    The ultimate goal remains closure of the site once and for all. The receiver appointed last week will pave the way to expediting this process.  

    Day-to-day management and operations of the site will now come from this receiver. This includes safely managing water onsite to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season and exploring other permanent solutions to alleviate the need for any future discharges.  

    DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure the closure of Piney Point. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.58 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 25.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 8 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 163 trucks have hauled approximately 1,033,220 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 259 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Aug. 29, 2021

    The ultimate goal remains closure of the site once and for all. The receiver appointed this week will pave the way to expediting this process.  

    Day-to-day management and operations of the site will now come from this receiver. This includes safely managing water onsite to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season and exploring other permanent solutions to alleviate the need for any future discharges.  

    DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure the closure of Piney Point. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.8 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 8 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 148 trucks have hauled approximately 939,000 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 256 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Aug. 28, 2021

    The ultimate goal remains closure of the site once and for all. The receiver appointed this week will pave the way to expediting this process.  

    Day-to-day management and operations of the site will now come from this receiver. This includes safely managing water onsite to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season and exploring other permanent solutions to alleviate the need for any future discharges.  

    DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure the closure of Piney Point. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.4 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.8 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 8 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 148 trucks have hauled approximately 939,000 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 256 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Aug. 27, 2021

    DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure the closure of Piney Point. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.  

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 9 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 133 trucks have hauled approximately 841,700 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 257 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Aug. 26, 2021

    Day-to-day management and operations of the site have now been transferred to the receiver appointed by the court yesterday. 

    DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure the closure of Piney Point. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.  

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 9 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 118 trucks have hauled approximately 744,400 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 258 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Aug. 25, 2021

    Today, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 

    DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure the closure of Piney Point.   

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 9 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 103 trucks have hauled approximately 620,180 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 259 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 24, 2021

    The department continues to oversee HRK's efforts to manage the water onsite. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.03 inches overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 10 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 87 trucks have hauled approximately 514,340 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 259 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 23, 2021

    The department continues to oversee HRK's efforts to manage the water onsite. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 10 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 71 trucks have hauled approximately 412,000 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 258 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 22, 2021

    The department continues to oversee HRK's efforts to manage the water onsite. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 10 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 56 trucks have hauled approximately 319,500 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 261 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 21, 2021

    The department continues to oversee HRK's efforts to manage the water onsite. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.4 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 10 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Since yesterday, 13 trucks have hauled approximately 83,000 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 262 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 20, 2021

    The department continues to oversee HRK's efforts to manage the water onsite. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 10 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.6 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Since yesterday, 17 trucks have hauled approximately 100,000 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 19, 2021

    The department continues to oversee HRK's efforts to manage the water onsite. As part of these water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Since yesterday, 26 trucks have hauled approximately 136,500 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.

    In addition, HRK is managing rainwater runoff through its permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards. 

    The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for the remainder of the rainy season.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received a half inch of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 24 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 10 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • Approximately 266 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 18, 2021

    DEP continues to carefully monitor weather and site conditions at the Piney Point facility. The site did not receive any rainfall overnight.

    Piney Point has received approximately 23 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 11 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.

    The department is overseeing HRK's efforts to manage the water onsite. Trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. HRK also continues to manage rainwater runoff through its permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards. 

    The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for rainfall during the next months.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 266 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 17, 2021

    DEP continues to carefully monitor weather and site conditions at the Piney Point facility. The site received approximately 0.07 inches of rainfall overnight.

    Piney Point has received approximately 23 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 11 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.

    The department is overseeing HRK's efforts to mange water onsite by reinstating daily piping and trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities, and enhancing  ongoing water management and treatment efforts at the site. The priority remains to pursue all available water management tools to ensure safe storage capacities for rainfall during the next months to avoid the risk of uncontrolled or untreated discharges from the site. 

    HRK continues to manage rainwater runoff through its permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • On Aug. 14, 2021, DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 266 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 16, 2021

    DEP continues to carefully monitor weather and site conditions at the Piney Point facility. The site received approximately one inch of rainfall overnight.

    Piney Point has received approximately 23 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 11.5 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is 9.2 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.

    HRK continues to manage rainwater runoff through its permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards.

    The department expects HRK to continue to explore all short-term water management options to remove water from the site, such as piping and trucking water to nearby water treatment facilities, until a receiver is appointed and long-term water management remedies are in place. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • On Aug. 14, 2021,DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 266 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 15, 2021

    While the track of Tropical Storm Fred has shifted westward, DEP continues to carefully monitor weather and site conditions at the Piney Point facility. The site received 0.4 inches of rainfall overnight.

    Although the site is not expected to experience storm conditions or extreme rainfall from this storm, as noted in DEP’s filed court motion yesterday, Piney Point has received approximately 22 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and should expect at least another 11.5 inches by the end of September.

    HRK continues to manage rainwater runoff through its permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards.

    The department expects HRK to continue to explore all short-term water management options to remove water from the site, such as piping and trucking water to nearby water treatment facilities, until a receiver is appointed and long-term water management remedies are in place. 

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • On Aug. 14, 2021,DEP filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  Learn more by reviewing DEP’s Motion for Emergency Hearingenforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 267 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 14, 2021

    Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed a Motion for Emergency Hearing regarding its request for of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. This request was included in DEP’s enforcement action against HRK and in a motion in an ongoing foreclosure case concerning the site, both of which were filed on Aug. 5, 2021.  

    The enforcement complaint asserts HRK’s failure to safely operate the phosphogypsum stack system at the site and remove the water in the compartments atop the stacks as required by their Consent Order with department. Combined with additional significant rain volumes expected over the coming months as we continue into the rainy season, the potential for overtopping of the compartments into the surrounding areas, including Bishop Harbor (an Outstanding Florida Water), poses an imminent threat to public health and safety, and the environment. Therefore, the department is requesting an expedited hearing to have a receiver appointed and in place as soon as possible. 

    The request for emergency hearing is another step to ensure the safe operation and ultimately the final closure of wastewater impoundments atop the site's phosphogypsum stack stack system. The department expects HRK to continue to explore all short-term water management options to remove water from the site, such as piping and trucking water to nearby water treatment facilities, until a receiver is appointed and long-term water management remedies are in place. 

    Additionally, DEP remains committed to its stringent oversight of HRK’s activities at Piney Point as they prepare the site for possible impacts from Tropical Depression Fred. Department inspectors are onsite overseeing site preparations as staff work to secure heavy equipment and water treatment elements, and adjust water management levels in the ponds to ensure the site can endure tropical or hurricane force winds and rain. Additional pumps and generators are also available to safeguard against potential power outages.

    The site received approximately 0.2 inches of rain overnight, bringing the rainfall total to approximately seven inches over the last 14 days. Rainwater runoff continues to be conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 267 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 13, 2021

    DEP remains committed to its stringent oversight of HRK’s activities at Piney Point as they prepare the site for possible impacts from Tropical Depression/Storm Fred. Department inspectors are onsite overseeing site preparations as staff work to secure heavy equipment and water treatment elements, and adjust water management levels in the ponds to ensure the site can endure tropical or hurricane force winds and rain. Additional pumps and generators are also available to safeguard against potential power outages.

    The site received approximately 0.3 inches of rain overnight, bringing the rainfall total to nearly seven inches over the last 13 days. Rainwater runoff continues to be conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 12, 2021

    DEP remains committed to its stringent oversight of HRK’s activities at Piney Point as they prepare the site for possible impacts from Tropical Storm Fred. Department inspectors are onsite overseeing site preparations as staff work to secure heavy equipment and water treatment elements, and adjust water management levels in the ponds to ensure the site can endure tropical or hurricane force winds and rain. Additional pumps and generators are also available to safeguard against potential power outages.

    The site received approximately 0.8 inches of rain overnight, bringing the rainfall total to approximately 6.5 inches over the last 12 days. Rainwater runoff continues to be conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 11, 2021

    DEP remains committed to its stringent oversight of HRK’s activities at Piney Point as they prepare the site for possible impacts from Tropical Storm Fred. Department inspectors are onsite overseeing site preparations as staff work to secure heavy equipment and water treatment elements, and adjust water management levels in the ponds to ensure the site can endure tropical or hurricane force winds and rain. Additional pumps and generators are also available to safeguard against potential power outages.

    The site received approximately 0.6 inches of rain overnight, bringing the rainfall total to approximately six inches over the last 11 days. Rainwater runoff continues to be conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater are collected by HRK daily to ensure it meets the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and water quality standards.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 262 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 10, 2021

    DEP continues its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.

    The site received approximately 0.6 inches of rain overnight. Rainwater runoff continues to be conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater were collected by HRK again today and they meet the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and meet water quality standards. HRK will continue to collect samples daily. 

    DEP is monitoring Tropical Cyclone Six, along with current local weather conditions. Site preparations are underway and HRK will continue to adjust water management strategies as needed.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 262 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 9, 2021

    DEP continues its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.

    The site has not received any additional rainfall in the last 72 hours. Rainwater runoff from the approximately 4.5 inches of rain received last week is still being conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater were collected by HRK again today and they meet the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and meet water quality standards. HRK will continue to collect samples daily. 

    DEP will continue to monitor current and future weather conditions and ensure HRK adjusts water management strategies as needed.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 262 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Aug. 8, 2021

    DEP continues its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.

    Over the past week, the site received approximately 4.5 inches of rain. The site did not receive any rainfall overnight. 

    Rainwater runoff from earlier this week is still being conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater were collected by HRK again today and they meet the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and meet water quality standards. Manatee County also collected samples this weekend. HRK will continue to collect samples daily. 

    DEP will continue to monitor current and future weather conditions and ensure HRK adjusts water management strategies as needed.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Thursday, Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 267 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 7, 2021

    DEP continues its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.

    Over the past week, the site received approximately 4.5 inches of rain. The site did not receive any rainfall overnight. 

    Rainwater runoff from earlier this week is still being conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater were collected by HRK again today and they meet the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and meet water quality standards. Manatee County also collected samples. HRK will continue to collect samples daily. 

    DEP will continue to monitor current and future weather conditions and ensure HRK adjusts water management strategies as needed.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Thursday, Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 267 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 6, 2021

    DEP continues its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment.

    Over the past week, the site received approximately 4.5 inches of rain. The site did not receive any rainfall overnight. 

    Rainwater runoff from earlier this week is still being conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfalls to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. Samples of the stormwater have been collected by DEP and HRK and meet the requirements of HRK’s discharge permit and meet water quality standards. Manatee County has also been invited to conduct sampling if desired.

    DEP will continue to monitor current and future weather conditions and ensure HRK adjusts water management strategies as needed.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • The department filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County on Thursday, Aug. 5, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP's filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • Approximately 269 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Aug. 5, 2021

    Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Manatee County, initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC.   

    Statement from DEP Interim Secretary Shawn Hamilton:

    “Today, the department took a pivotal step to ensure this is the final chapter for the Piney Point site and fulfill the agency's charge and dedication to holding HRK accountable. This action enforces compliance with the state’s environmental laws and all of HRK’s existing authorizations, orders and agreements with the department. The department is seeking the maximum allowable penalties and recovery of costs and damages under existing laws and regulations.  

    “DEP’s priority continues to be the protection of human health and safety and the minimization of any potential impacts to the environment. We are committed to maintaining stringent regulatory oversight of activities at the site as we move forward with this enforcement action.  

    “The ultimate goal remains closure of the site once and for all. We are confident the court appointed receivership requested through this complaint will pave the way to expediting this process.”

    Enforcement Actions:

    The complaint outlines injunctive relief, cost recovery, attorney fees, damages and civil penalties sought for HRK’s failure to comply with the following: 

    • Requirements of Chapter 403, Florida Statutes, pertaining to the safe operation of phosphogypsum stack systems.  
    • Requirements of Title 62, Florida Administrative Code, pertaining to surface and groundwater standards. 
    • Provisions and requirements of the existing Consent Order and Administrative Agreement that HRK entered into with the department requiring them to remove the water from the site by 2019.  
    • Financial assurance requirements. 

    In addition, the complaint seeks the appointment of a court-appointed receiver to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the site and the financial management of these activities.

    Learn more by reviewing DEP’s filed complaint and a frequently asked questions document.

  • Aug. 4, 2021

    The Piney Point site received nearly four inches of rain yesterday and continues to receive rain today. Rainwater runoff is being conveyed through HRK’s permitted outfall to the drainage ditch along Buckeye Road. This is rainwater, not wastewater from the compartment areas onsite. DEP and HRK have collected samples at the permitted outfall to confirm the runoff is rainwater. Manatee County has also been invited to conduct sampling if desired.

    To be clear, HRK’s prior emergency discharges ceased on April 9, 2021, and have not resumed. 

    DEP continues its oversight of HRK's onsite water management activities to safely control water levels, respond to rainfall events and support water treatment. DEP will continue to monitor current and future weather conditions and ensure HRK adjusts water management strategies as needed.

    Key status updates and response activities:

    • Approximately 266 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. 
    • DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

September 2021

  • Sept. 29, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,557,250 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 271 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 28, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive 0.5 inches of rain by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,523,650 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 27, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive 0.8 inches of rain by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,425,730 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 274 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 26, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive an additional inch by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,332,130 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 25, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive approximately 1.2 inches more by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,238,530 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 24, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive approximately 1.2 inches more by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,147,522 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 23, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive approximately 1.7 inches more by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,054,930 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 274 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 22, 2021

    Today, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton presented to the House of Representatives' Agriculture and Flooding Subcommittee providing an update on Piney Point response activities.

    Additionally, the department finalized an agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.03 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive approximately two inches more by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.7 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,955,570 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 274 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 21, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.5 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 2.2 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,856,210 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 275 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 20, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.5 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 2.4 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,758,146 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 274 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 19, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.05 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.5 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 2.6 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,661,526 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 275 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 18, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.36 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received just over 30 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 2.64 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,563,606 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 275 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 17, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.02 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 3 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,468,276 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 275 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 16, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 29.9 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 4 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,369,476 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 275 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 15, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.66 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 29.9 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 4 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,265,176 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 275 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 14, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.6 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 29.2 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 4 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 8.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,165,960 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 275 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 13, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 28.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 4 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 1,071,496 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 274 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 12, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.32 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 28.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 5 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 978,184 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 274 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 11, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.07 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 28.3 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 5 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, trucks have hauled approximately 1.8 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 883,784 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 10, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.54 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 28.2 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 5 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 282 trucks have hauled approximately 1,743,440 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 785,864 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 9, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.2 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 27.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 5 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 282 trucks have hauled approximately 1,743,440 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 687,504 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 271 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 8, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • Repair activities are underway at the Piney Point facility. There have been no offsite discharges or impacts, no discharges to groundwater, and there is no evidence of any concerns with the integrity of the stack system. Over the weekend, there was a reported failed culvert plug for the OGS-North compartment. This plug is used to retain water stored in the OGS-North. (This compartment has been used for onsite water treatment.) The treated water that was discharged from this containment area was captured in the OGS-South compartment and in the OGS stack itself. Water captured in in the OGS-South compartment is being conveyed back into the OGS-North. Water levels in the OGS-North compartment are also being temporarily lowered to allow maintenance of an additional culvert and plug in a culvert decant pipe between OGS-North and the NGS-South compartment.  As a result additional treated water is being temporarily transferred to the NGS-South compartment. The plug for the OGS-North has been replaced and the other repairs are in progress. 
    • The site received 0.4 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 27.5 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 6 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 266 trucks have hauled approximately 1,645,300 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 589,152 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 7, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 27 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 6 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed  on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 239 trucks have hauled approximately 1,508,240 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 397,512 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 271 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 6, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 27 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 6 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.6 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed  on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 228 trucks have hauled approximately 1,440,480 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 203,780 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 267 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 5, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 27 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 6 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed  on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 228 trucks have hauled approximately 1,440,480 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 104,420 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 4, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.01 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 27 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 7 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 228 trucks have hauled approximately 1,440,480 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 96,100 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 263 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 3, 2021

    The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.7 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 27 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 7 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 9.7 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 211 trucks have hauled approximately 1,333,800 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. Piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed yesterday. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 2, 2021

    The department continues closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. As part of these efforts, today the spray evaporation system was put back into service for the NGS-North compartment as well as the pipeline to transport water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility. 

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.82 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 26.4 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 7 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 194 trucks have hauled approximately 1,228,660 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 262 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Sept. 1, 2021

    Today, DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton visited the Piney Point site to receive an update on the latest site conditions as well as meet with the new court-appointed receiver.

    Overall, conditions remain stable at the site. The department is closely monitoring the weather and site conditions as we continue into the rainy season. While the new receiver transitions into his new role, water treatment will continue and the department will work to ensure that all available options to manage water onsite are being pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges.

    Today, the department also issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. This draft permit will be publicly noticed along with a notice of public meeting to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.1 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 25.5 inches of rain since the beginning of June, and is expected to receive at least another 7 inches by the end of September. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, trucking of water to nearby water treatment facilities has resumed. Trucking resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, and, to date, 178 trucks have hauled approximately 1,128,980 gallons of process water offsite to the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Approximately 261 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology companies have been onsite treating water since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.

    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

October 2021

  • Oct. 31, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received approximately 0 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 32.07 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 2.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 5,202,770 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 262 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 30, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received approximately 0.5 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 32 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 2.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 5,107,730 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 263 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 29, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.58 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 31.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 2.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 5,017,250 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 263 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 28, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.1 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 31 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 2.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,920,770 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 27, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 31 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 14.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,857,530 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 26, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 31 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 14.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,857,530 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 264 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 25, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.23 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 31 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,762,490 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 263 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 24, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,664,570 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 265 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 23, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,566,650 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 265 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 22, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,475,370 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 265 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 21, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,378,890 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 266 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 20, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 12.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,286,190 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 267 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 19, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 12.5 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,188,490 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 268 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 18, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 12.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 4,090,570 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 269 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 17, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.6 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,998,410 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 271 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 16, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 3.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,923,510 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 271 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 15, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,828,470 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 14, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.6 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,736,310, gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 13, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,639,830, gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 12, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,546,086, gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 11, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,452,342, gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 273 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 10, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,359,606, gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 271 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 9, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site received 0.1 inches of rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.7 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,268,466 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 272 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 8, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.7 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,178,178 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 270 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 7, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 3,083,138 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 269 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 6, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 11.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,988,098 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 269 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 5, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.7 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 4.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,894,498 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 269 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 4, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.8 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,795,570 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 269 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 3, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,604,050 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 270 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 2, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10.4 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,604,050 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 270 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Oct. 1, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

     Key status updates and response activities:

    • The site did not receive any rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 30.6 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 10 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 2,557,250 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 271 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting will be held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways following previous discharges. DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results to evaluate any environmental impact. Results will continue to be posted as soon as they are available. DEP is also working collaboratively with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and local governments to cover more area and collect more data. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit TBEP's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

November 2021

  • Nov. 30, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rain overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 35.2 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 15.7 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. At this time, expected rainfall through the end of December is approximately two inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 8,073,063 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 250 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Nov. 24, 2021 DEP issued the Notice of Intent to Issue Permit to Manatee County for their planned underground injection control well. DEP has determined that Manatee County's application to construct and test an underground injection control well and an associated dual zone monitor well meets all applicable regulations for protection of ground water resources and the environment following a thorough review, which included 12 requests for additional information and approximately 7,356 public comments.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 29, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded  language reflects changes):

    • The site received 0.10 inches overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 35.2 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 15.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. At this time, expected rainfall through the end of December is approximately two inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 7,982,343 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 248 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Nov. 24, 2021 DEP issued the Notice of Intent to Issue Permit to Manatee County for their planned underground injection control well. DEP has determined that Manatee County's application to construct and test an underground injection control well and an associated dual zone monitor well meets all applicable regulations for protection of ground water resources and the environment following a thorough review, which included 12 requests for additional information and approximately 7,356 public comments.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 23, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received 0.1 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 35.1 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 14.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately one inch.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 7,412,743 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 251 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 22, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 35 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 14.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 7,314,863 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 250 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 19, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received 0.05 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 35 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.6 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 7,020,559 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 254 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

    Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site and response activities at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate. 

    Beginning today, Nov. 19, 2021, the department will only be distributing Piney Point updates on weekdays. Updates will no longer be distributed on weekends or state holidays, unless there is a significant development. The Piney Point update page will remain a resource for the most up-to-date information.

  • Nov. 18, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded and underlined language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.94 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.6 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,923,215 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 254 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 17, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.94 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.7 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,827,175 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 254 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 16, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.94 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.7 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,731,135 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 254 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 15, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.94 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.2 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,639,755 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 255 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 14, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.94 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,544,355 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 254 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 13, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received 0.03 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.94 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.3 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,449,315 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 256 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

     

  • Nov. 12, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received 0.03 inches of rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.91 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,357,515 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 257 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 11, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.88 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,261,035 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 258 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 10, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.88 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 13 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 1.5 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,169,630 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 259 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 9, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.88 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 12.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 2 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 6,071,510 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 260 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 8, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the protection of human health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts.

    Key status updates and response activities (bolded language reflects changes):

    • The site received no rainfall overnight. Piney Point has received approximately 34.88 inches of rain since the beginning of June. The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 12.9 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site. As hurricane season progresses, the department and the receiver will continue to closely monitor weather and changing site conditions. At this time, expected rainfall for October through the end of November is approximately 2 inches.
    • As part of the site's water management efforts, piping of water to the North Regional Water Reclamation Facility resumed Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, and to date, 5,975,030 gallons have been transferred. Spray evaporation also continues.
    • Approximately 260 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including rainfall, water management activities and wind/associated waves in the pond.  
    • Innovative technology has been used for onsite water treatment since April 2021, and this is ongoing. As a result of these innovative water treatment practices, nutrients, including Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Nitrogen (TN), have been significantly reduced. To date, approximately 200 tons of TN and 150 tons of TP have been removed from ponded wastewater.
    • On Sept. 1, 2021, DEP issued the Notice of Draft Permit to Manatee County for their planned Underground Injection Control Well. This project is one potential critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community permanently. A public meeting was held on Oct. 6, 2021 to allow an opportunity for citizens to provide input on the draft permit as well ask questions and obtain information about the draft permit and permitting process. Those comments are currently being reviewed.
    • On Aug. 25, 2021, a judge issued an order appointing a receivership to serve as an independent third party to oversee management and closure of the Piney Point site. Day-to-day management and operations will now come from this receiver. 
    • On Aug. 5, 2021, DEP filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County initiating enforcement action against HRK Holdings, LLC. Learn more by reviewing DEP’s enforcement complaint and a frequently asked questions document.
    • DEP's interactive water quality dashboard details sampling locations and corresponding results collected from April through October 2021 to evaluate any environmental impact. For a comprehensive view of all sampling in Tampa Bay related to Piney Point, visit Tampa Bay Estuary Program's interactive water quality dashboard.
    • DEP continues working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Health to monitor algal blooms and water quality. FWC is the lead agency on red tide and will continue to update conditions on their website. For more information on red tide, please visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.
  • Nov. 7, 2021

    The department has finalized its agreement with the court-appointed receiver, supporting his transition into his role to both manage and undertake final closure of the site. As part of this transition, water treatment will continue and all available options to manage water onsite will continue to be pursued in an attempt to minimize the potential need for any future treated discharges. 

    The department will continue to closely monitor site conditions to ensure the prot