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Middle Tampa Bay Watershed

Middle 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 Middle Tampa Bay Watershed is located within Tampa Bay and spans 410.3 square miles. The watershed contains 40 named lakes/ponds, 42 named rivers/streams/canals and 8 named bays/bayous.

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


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


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


Aquatic Plant Removal

1-813-744-6163 or 6164

Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading


Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill


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:

    • The Future of Tampa Bay - A Report to the Florida Legislature and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council by the Tampa Bay Management Study Commission
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