Getting your hands dirty has never meant so much.
The Tampa Bay area is known for its beautiful water and vibrancy of healthy sea life. But, every year, industry, recreation, and Mother Nature take their toll. Environmental problems range from excessive debris and decay to a decreased sea life population. Tampa Bay’s ecological balance is often in danger. But, thanks in part to a 22-year partnership, something is being done about it. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Watch are using a hands-on approach to protecting the Bay.
One of their recent projects was designed to help the quality of water and life. Together, with an outreach from the community, a new oyster reef is being constructed. This will naturally filter a higher quality of water and stabilize the shoreline. Between 8 and 15 tons of oysters shells will be used to create the reef that will serve as a new home to coral, algae, and a wide variety of sea and wildlife. It has taken a lot of manpower and that’s exactly what they’ve received. Because the Tampa Bay Watch works so closely with kids and schools, the word is spreading fast, and change is happening quickly.
At the end of each day, as they wash the mud off, the workers and volunteers of the Tampa Bay Watch relax and breathe a sigh of relief. They have done something significant.