The Hillsborough Trash Free Waters Program encourages community residents to be vigilant in protecting the waterways towards a more beautiful Tampa Bay.
The Hillsborough Trash Free Waters Program is a call to action to create more sustainable communities, counteract behaviors, and prevent activities that pose water quality issues and habitat concerns in Florida. Volunteer based projects significantly reduce or eliminate the volume of litter and debris entering the Hillsborough River Watershed. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Nestle Waters, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed a focused set of actions and projects that have significantly reduced or eliminated the volume of litter and debris entering Hillsborough River Watershed.
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Marine Debris Tracker – With Marine Debris Tracker, it just takes a few seconds to easily report where you find marine debris or litter anywhere in the world and then prevent it from impacting our oceans.
How do I start tracking? Once you download the app and open it, you will be taken to the start page. Select Change List. Select Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful list.
Click Start Tracking to begin. Next click from one of the CATEGORIES of items to find the item you want to track. Click the green Log button and the item GPS coordinates will be taken. The counter at the top “View and Submit # Items” will increase by one each time you hit a green Log button. You may also click on any item name in the list to be able to add a description or photo (Note: photos taken here will not be submitted to us, but tagged in the data set for you to note where it is on your phone).
Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP)
In an effort to prevent animal injury and death from entanglement in monofilament fishing line, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful has collection tubes throughout the bay area at various boat ramps. Our Stow It, Don’t Throw It initiative provides portable tubes for fishermen & boaters to use on-board, preventing our wildlife from ingesting and becoming entangled in this deadly debris. We also provide presentations and free portable collection tubes.
Storm Drain Markings
Many people believe storm drains connect to sewer treatment systems — but they don’t. In fact, most of the runoff discharges directly into surface waters without receiving any treatment to filter out pollutants. Therefore, whatever enters the drain is ultimately discharged into a neighboring body of water. One way to help protect water quality is by marking the storm drains with plaques stenciled with environmental messages. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful provides a training and the plaques to properly mark the storm drains so citizens who see the markers will be reminded that what goes into the storm drain will come out in our waterways.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will provide your group with storm drain markers, maps, instructions and other assistance that may be needed.