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Tampa Bay Estuary Program

In 1990, Congress designated Tampa Bay an estuary of national significance, laying the foundation for the creation of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) in 1991. Their mission is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan. Their plan reflects their evolving knowledge of bay processes and community needs and is focused on three central themes: Clean Waters and Sediments; Thriving Habitats, and Abundant Wildlife with an Informed, Engaged and Responsible Community. 


Bayboro Harbor as the gateway from Southside Saint Petersburg to 8 very important waterbodies within 6 square miles it is a major component of the Middle Tampa Bay Watershed:

Salt Creek

Booker Creek

Lake Maggoire

Maggiore Pond
Clam Bayou Creek (Gulfport)

Big Bayou

Little Bayou

Little Bayou Creek

For a brief film review of TBEP’s founding

and important activities:

Films by G. Steve Jordan Films

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