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Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science - Tampa Bay Study: Watershed and Estuary Mapping

June 4, 2005

Tampa Bay, Florida, and its environs have experienced phenomenal urban growth and significant changes in land-use practices over the past 50 years. This trend is expected to continue, with human activity intensifying and affecting a wider geographic region. Urbanization creates impervious surfaces, which increase stormwater runoff and contribute to greater amounts of chemicals flowing into coastal waters. Man-made structures including bridges, a gas pipeline, desalination plant, ports, navigation channels, and extensive sea walls have been built and will continue to be maintained and modified. This task of the Tampa Bay Study aims to provide a better understanding of these and other man-made impacts on the Tampa Bay region.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2005
Title Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science - Tampa Bay Study: Watershed and Estuary Mapping
DOI 10.3133/ofr20051014
Authors Mark Hansen
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2005-1014
Index ID ofr20051014
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization U.S. Geological Survey