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Pelicans found dead, sick in St. Pete waterways; City officials, FWC testing waters

DEAD & SICK PELICANS | If you see WARNING signs along the St. Pete waterways, here's why:

  • Testing waters around St. Petersburg for clues to what’s making #Pelicans sick.
  • Pelicans found dead, sick in St. Pete waterways; City officials, FWC testing waters
  • The signs will stay posted until officials learn what’s going on.
  • ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Officials with the City of St. Petersburg are working alongside the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to find out why dozens of pelicans have been found dead or sick near local waterways.
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Officials with the City of St. Petersburg are working alongside the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to find out why dozens of pelicans have been found dead or sick near local…

@abcactionnews: DEAD & SICK PELICANS | If you see WARNING signs along the St. Pete waterways, here’s why:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Officials with the City of St. Petersburg are working alongside the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to find out why dozens of pelicans have been found dead or sick near local waterways. 

The city wants everyone to use caution along the waterways from St. Petersburg’s downtown area to Weedon Island. Signs have been posted that read: 

“We are testing the water for biological indicators and dissolved oxygen content and expect results on Tuesday. Per Mayor Rick Kriseman’s direction, we are also pursuing more extensive testing in order to better determine a cause prior to Florida Fish and Wildlife’s necropsy results,” said Interim Director of Water Resources John Palenchar.

John Norris, Director for Stormwater, Pavement and Traffic Operations for the city said that more than one ton of fish were removed from the lake by his crew. “We have not yet determined if there is a connection between the fish kill in Riviera Bay and the pelicans found sick or dead in other parts of the city,” said Norris.

Bottom line, pay attention to the signs and be careful. The signs will stay posted until officials learn what’s going on. 

Pelicans found dead, sick in St. Pete waterways; City officials, FWC testing waters

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