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Health advisory lifted for Simmons Park beach

Health advisory lifted for Simmons Park beach

Ruskin, Fla. -- UPDATE: The Health Advisory for Simmons Park beach has been lifted by the Hillsborough County Health Department.

The health advisory was issued on Thursday, Feb. 16 based on samples detecting the presence of enterococci bacteria.

Riverview auto salvage operation receives special recognition

Riverview auto salvage operation receives special recognition

Riverview, Florida -- On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC) recognized Florida Dial-A-Part for making environmental improvements in its Riverview auto salvage operation, designating it a Green Yard.

Green Yard is an industry-friendly program that encourages and helps auto salvage facilities go above and beyond basic compliance with environmental regulations. It allows them to voluntarily take greater steps to protect the environment.

Prescribed burn Tuesday at Ekker Nature Preserve

Prescribed burn Tuesday at Ekker Nature Preserve

Riverview, FL -- If you've been seeing smoke in the area, not to worry.

The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is conducting a prescribed burn today, Jan. 10 at Ekker Nature Preserve in Gibsonton.

The burn will only last for one day and is being conducted for site preparation for habitat restoration.

Homeowners with wells should be prepared for freezing temperatures

Eastern Hillsborough County, FL -- With parts of the Tampa Bay area expected to see freezing temperatures Wednesday morning, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is advising residents who live near Plant City and Dover who have well pumps without automatic cutoff switches to turn off the pumps tonight.

Reduce, reuse or recycle your live Christmas trees

Reduce, reuse or recycle your live Christmas trees

Does it make you sad to see your once-live Christmas tree waiting at the curb for the garbage truck? Beat the post-holiday blues by reducing, re-using or recycling your tree with these environmentally-friendly ideas from Hillsborough County.

• Yard Waste Processing Facilities