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Water: Estuaries and Coastal Watersheds

Tampa Bay

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Summary Information

Year Established: 1990
Location: Florida
Area of Watershed: 6,583 square kilometers
Priority Management Issues:
nutrients
toxics
habitat loss/alteration
species loss/decline
freshwater inflow
sedimentation
Major Habitat Types:
submerged aquatic vegetation (sea grass)
reefs (artificial)
barrier islands/sand bars
sand/mud/salt flats
salt/brackish marsh
mangrove
forested wetland
freshwater lakes/ponds
scrub/shrub
Federally Endangered or Threatened Species:
mammals:
West Indian manatee
birds:
least tern
reptiles:
Kemp's ridley sea turtle
loggerhead sea turtle

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Overviews and Highlights

Through local county extension services, the Tampa Bay NEP launched a grass-roots initiative to reduced runoff to its bay. Florida Yards and Neighbors pairs residents committed to improving their environment with experts trained to advise and assist. Neighbors may enroll in a 12- month program that begins with a "checkup" identifying bay-polluting home and landscape practices. On-site workshops follow, with emphasis on ways to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use and conserve water.


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