For Immediate Release

(St. Petersburg, FL — Feb. 19, 2021)

2020 Water Quality Results

Bay Managers Continue to Observe Troubling Water Quality Trends in Old Tampa Bay

Key Highlights

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) reports on water quality annually to improve management of the bay;

Summertime algae blooms were again observed in Old Tampa Bay;

Data collection was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in missing data for the months of April and May; and,

Water quality in all other bay segments remained favorable for seagrass growth, a key indicator of the bay’s health.

Links to both an official press release and the Water Quality Scorecard can be found below. For more information, please contact TBEP's Communication & Outreach Coordinator, Joe Whalen.

Joe Whalen

Communication & Outreach Coordinator, TBEP


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The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan. 

TBEP is a partnership of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties; the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater; the Southwest Florida Water Management District; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.