About the Atlas

The people and organizations who make the Tampa Bay Water Atlas possible.

The Tampa Bay Water Atlas is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. Typically, the scientists and citizens who live and work on water resources have found it difficult to gather the information they need from the myriad of agencies that collect the related data. To solve this problem, we conceived of the Atlas as a "one stop information shop" for concerned citizens and scientists alike. The Atlas functions as a warehouse for a variety of water resources information, including documents and educational links. We have also strived to make the Atlas a rich resource that educates citizens about the data presented and gives scientists easy access to the specialized information they need. We encourage you to use the Atlas as a tool to help in maintaining and improving our vital water resources.

Project Funding

Information Providers

  • City of Lakeland, Public Works, Lakes & Stormwater
  • City of Plant City, Environmental Compliance Division, NPDES Stormwater Permit Compliance Program
  • City of St. Petersburg, Water Resources Department
  • City of Tampa, Stormwater, Transportation & Stormwater Services
  • Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System
  • Enviro-Audit
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Division, Gulf Ecosystem Measurement & Modeling Division
  • Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Water Division
  • FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency, Map Assistance Center
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture, Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Invasive Plant Management, Charlotte Harbor Aquatic & Buffer Preserves, Geographic Information Systems
  • Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Water Programs, Biomedical Waste Program
  • Florida Department of Transportation, Transportation Statistics Office
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Marine Fisheries, Artificial Reef Program, Bureau of Marine Fisheries Management
  • Florida LAKEWATCH, Univ. Fla. Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory, GIS Division
  • Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission
  • Hillsborough County Environmental Services, Environmental Management
  • Hillsborough County Environmental Services Division, Public Utilities, Environmental Services
  • Hillsborough County Government, Public Works, Stormwater Division
  • Manatee County, Parks & Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, Air & Watershed Management
  • Manatee County Department of Environmental Management, Watershed Management Division, Environmental Management Department
  • Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC
  • Mote Marine Laboratory, Center for Coastal and Tropical Ecology, Manatee Research Program
  • National Audubon Society, Christmas Bird Counts, Audubon Science Office
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, Aviation Center Data Management
  • Pasco County, Public Works, Program Management
  • Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Pinellas County, Department of Environmental Management, Dept. of Environment & Infrastructure
  • Pinellas County Department of Health, Disease Control & Health Protection
  • Sarasota County, Environmental Services Department, Resource Management, Natural Resources Department
  • Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Chicago Zoological Society in cooperation with Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District, Hydrologic Data Section, Data Collection Bureau
  • Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Tampa Bay Water
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau
  • University of Florida, IFAS Extension, Florida Automated Weather Network
  • University of South Florida Water Institute, GIS Team, Field Services
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
  • USF Water Institute Assessments, Lake and Stream Assessments
  • USGS National Water Information System, Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center

Project Partners

Tampa Bay Water Atlas

  • Pinellas County
    • Kelli Levy, Director of Public Works
    • Natasha Dickrell
    • Stacey Day
  • Manatee County
    • Greg Blanchard, Environmental Program Manager
  • Tampa Bay Estuary Program
    • Ed Sherwood, Director
    • Maya Burke, Science Policy Coordinator
    • Marcus Beck, Program Scientist
    • Kerry Flaherty-Walia

University of South Florida Water Institute


  • Shawn Landry, PhD, Program Director, Research Associate Professor
  • Kai Rains, PhD, Research Associate Professor


  • Jan Allyn, BS, Web Content Manager
  • Jennifer Baker, BS, Database Developer
  • Keith Bornhorst, BS, Web Development Team Leader
  • Ruth Costley, BS, Senior GIS Analyst
  • David Eilers, BS, Field Scientist - Environmental
  • Claude Kershaw, MS, Senior Database Applications Developer
  • Jayden Mohacsi, BS, Applications Developer
  • Jason Scolaro, MS, Database Applications Developer


Many thanks to all the wonderful people who have participated in the process of designing and developing the Tampa Bay Water Atlas.

Water Atlas Program Advisory Group

Special thanks to the following group of individuals who have helped to guide the long-term development of the Water Atlas Program (www.wateratlas.org) by participating in the Water Atlas Advisory Group.



Jennifer Aragon Hillsborough County
Lisa Beever, Ph.D. Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership
Greg Blanchard Manatee County
Julie Bortles Orange County
Mike Britt City of Winter Haven
Rob Brown Manatee County
Maya Burke Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Michael Carnevale City of Winter Haven
Marcia Anderson Clark Orange County
Lindsay Cross Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Amanda Dominguez Sarasota County
Liz Donley Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership
Gloria Eby Seminole County
Ben Garcia Lake County Water Authority
Holly Greening Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Jim Griffin Florida Center for Community Design and Research
Melissa Harrison Pinellas County
Jennifer Hecker Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership
Marie Lackey Seminole County
Shawn Landry USF Water Institute
Kelli Levy Pinellas County
Sarah Malone City of Lakeland
John McGee Hillsborough County
Kathryn Meaux Sarasota County
Ashley Melton Sarasota County
Jack Merriam Sarasota County
Kim Ornberg Seminole County
Michael Perry Lake County Water Authority
Jon Perry Sarasota County
John Ryan Sarasota County
Laura Thorne Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission
Melanie Weed Pinellas County
Kelly Westover Sarasota County
Shannon Wetzel Seminole County