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South Shore restoration improving water quality in Tampa Bay

By Yvette C. Hammett

BRANDON – For more than 20 years, scientists, engineers and environmental specialists have worked to transform old fish farms, agricultural fields and abandoned industrial sights along the South Shore of Tampa Bay.

A total of 39 projects have been completed from the Schultz Nature Preserve in Gibsonton to Palma Sola at the edge of Manatee County, creating wetlands and upland forests teeming with wildlife. The natural areas help clean up pollution before it reaches Tampa Bay.

Areas once seen as used up and worthless now provide for nature and improve the quality of live of the residents who here.