Seagrass in Tampa Bay

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    In the 20th century, U.S. waterways had become dumping grounds for industrial, urban, and agricultural waste. Today many of these waterways are getting cleaner. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we highlight Tampa Bay, Florida, whose revival of seagrass and cleaner waters serve as an example of engagement, cooperation, determination, and leadership. What can be learned from this success as a means to meet environmental challenges and solve today’s problems?

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Image Credit
Satellite image of Tampa Bay on the western coast of Florida. NASA Image by Robert Simmon, based on Landsat data provided by the UMD Global Land Cover Facility.
NASA Earth Observatory

Additional Resources from this Episode
< Reuters | In Tampa Bay, a Rare Environmental Win Measured in Seagrass
< Tampa Bay Estuary Program
< Tampa Bay Watch
< Bay Soundings: Covering Tampa Bay's Watershed

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