Phase I of this project, currently underway, consists of restoring more than 300 former fish ponds overgrown with invasive species to create a functioning coastal and freshwater habitat. Phase II will enhance the hydrologic connection to Shultz Preserve by acquiring additional parcels that will allow for more natural flows to the bay.

Phase II will create or restore habitats including mangroves, salt marsh, coastal uplands, as well as lower salinity systems, including a tidal channel and a freshwater lake. The lower salinity habitats will be maintained through the discharge of reclaimed wastewater. The project will benefit Tampa Bay by filtering nutrient pollution from the treated water before it is discharged into the bay.

PROJECT COST: $1,500,000
LEAD ORGANIZATION: Hillsborough County
PARTNERS: Southwest Florida Water Management District, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Additional Benefits:

  • Socially Vulnerable Population Benefiting: 2,700
  • Potential Carbon Storage: 30.5 tons/year
  • Critical Facilities in Vicinity: 4
State, Estuary, and Project Type for this project:
Florida Tampa Bay Coastal Wetlands