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By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000
For a time, it seemed pollution and habitat destruction would sound the death knell for Tampa Bay and inhabitants. But passage of the Clean Water Act and action by federal, state and local governments helped turn the tide.
The Tampa Regional Planning Council's Agency on Bay Management has worked for nearly two decades to clean up the bay. And today, Tampa BayWatch, a non-profit environmental stewardship program for the state's largest estuary, spearheads the effort for community-driven restoration projects.
Through its saltmarsh plantings and high school wetland nursery, seagrass transplanting and seawall oyster reef programs, BayWatch has helped improve the quality of life for the humans, fish, birds and mammals that call Tampa Bay home.
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