2014 Hillsborough River inlet marking and Coastal Clean Up

stormwater_notice_logoThe City of Tampa, FDOT, Zephyrhills Water Company (Nestle Corp), Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay Watch are collaborating on a watershed stewardship project to reduce the non-point source pollution and improve the water quality of the Hillsborough River.

There are a series of scheduled land and water based cleanups, storm drain markings and watershed education activities being organized to develop environmental awareness, stewardship and a respect for our natural resources. The first event was held in Tampa on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Several volunteers helped the Hillsborough River by picking up trash along the river, placing door hanger educational materials in residential neighborhoods, and installing storm drain markers (500 inlets scheduled to be marked, including downtown) on the eastside of the river.

Banner for protecting riverDuring the Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup, data is collected including the number and type of littered items, the overall tonnage removed and the amount of recyclable material diverted from each site. This information is used to determine future projects and create an awareness of the needs within the community. As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, data is shared with Keep America Beautiful, Ocean Conservancy, as well as local officials to help provide a local and global perspective. This is a great opportunity to prevent stormwater pollution in the Hillsborough River.