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Old Tampa Bay Watershed

Old Tampa Bay Watershed


General Information

What is a Watershed?

A watershed (also called a drainage basin) is an area on the land surface from which water flows or has the potential to flow to a common destination. Watersheds are naturally separated from adjacent basins by topographic divides.

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The Old Tampa Bay Watershed is located within Pinellas County and spans 61.1 square miles. The watershed contains 18 named lakes/ponds, 14 named rivers/streams/canals and 1 named bays/bayous.

Find a Specific Waterbody

Click the link below to view the water resources in this watershed.


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Water Quality sampling site
Hydrology sampling site
Closest Rainfall site
Rainfall sampling site
Multi-type sampling site
Other sampling site

Tampa Bay Estuary Program Restoration Projects

Tampa Bay Estuary Program Tampa Bay Estuary Program Restoration Projects help build communities that value and contribute to Tampa's natural outdoor environment by helping improve and beautify public areas, parks and streetscapes.

Download the entire Restoration database (91KB Excel spreadsheet)

Restoration sites within Old Tampa Bay Watershed:

Watershed Excursions

Watershed Watching is a good way to learn more about the Pinellas County Watersheds and also to “add your story” of experiences in a watershed. Go see the Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center or any of the points of interest in a watershed and write about your experience and see it on this atlas. Check it out today, access this watershed's current Watershed Excursion Page »

Below are points of interest found in the Old Tampa Bay Watershed



Who to call about environmental concerns and to report environmentally harmful activities. For potentially life threatening emergencies dial 911.

Concern or Activity Contact(s)
Dangerous Boating / Accidents

FWCC, Division of Boating Safety
1-850-488-5600 (to report an accident) or
1-888-404-3922 (to report unsafe boating)

Algal Blooms

FDEP 1-850-305-3903

Fish Kill

FWCC, Fish Kills

General Concerns/Complaints


or Pinellas County Watershed Management

Industrial Waste/Spill

FDEP State Watch Office

Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

FWCC, Wildlife Violations
or via cell phone, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier

Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts


or Pinellas County Water & Navigation

Aquatic Plant Removal

1-813-744-6163 or 6164

Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading


or Pinellas County Watershed Management

Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill


or Pinellas County Water & Navigation

Source(s): USF Water Institute

FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection

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    Historic Information

    Visit the following links to view historical information on this water resource:

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