Hillsborough River

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River flooding is the latest consequence of Hurricane Irma blowing through Florida earlier this week.

The National Weather Service in Ruskin  said significant river flooding will continue over the next several days as rain from the storm drains into West Central Florida rivers.

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Should pollution controls only apply to waters big enough to fit a boat?

The Obama administration doesn't think so and it has set out to close loopholes in the clean water act.

The White House is proposing new guidelines that Field Associate for Environment Florida, Jennifer Rubiello says will protect not only the Hillsborough and the St. Johns River, but also creeks, streams and tributaries that flow into larger bodies of water.

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Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is holding its 26th Annual Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup Saturday, as are other organizations across the Tampa Bay area, including Sarasota and St. Petersburg. All of this is in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup. The Hillsborough event begins at 9 a.m.

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The Hillsborough River is in many ways a tale of two rivers. Upstream, it quietly meanders through a forest of cypress trees dotted with alligators. But the river's lower half is recovering from decades of being mistreated by the needs of a growing Tampa. This is the second of a two-part series:

To view a slideshow by photographer Joseph Gamble, click HERE.

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Thousands of people cross it every day. It's where Tampa's drinking water comes from. But how much do you really know about the Hillsborough River?

WUSF’s Steve Newborn and I teamed up with the journalism department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Times outdoors writer Terry Tomalin to tour the 59-mile waterway.

We discovered a tale of TWO rivers. WUSF’s Steve Newborn explored the urban part of the river as it travels into Tampa Bay.