Kracker Avenue Restoration ($250,000) | The Southwest Florida Water Management District and Hillsborough County will restore a mosaic of coastal estuarine, freshwater, and upland habitats over 24.6 acres and approximately 235 abandoned fish ponds located in southeastern Hillsborough County.
Philippe Park Living Shoreline Project ($180,000) | Pinellas County will create a living shoreline at the southern end of Philippe Park through the installation of oysters and native vegetation. The project will result in greater resiliency to sea level rise and storm activity, decreased sediment movement, enhanced aquatic habitat, and improved water quality in Old Tampa Bay.
Whiskey Stump Key Oyster Restoration ($77,052) | Tampa Bay Watch will install 65 tons of fossilized shell material and 765 concrete oyster domes to create a series of shell reefs along the western and northern shorelines of Whiskey Stump Key.
Little Bird Key Shoreline Restoration ($37,349) | Little Bird Key, a productive nesting site for Tampa Bay wading birds, is suffering from erosion. The Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges will install environmentally friendly oyster domes along the northwest shoreline of the small island to mitigate erosion, provide new substrate for mangroves, create habitat for oysters, fish, and birds, and help protect seagrasses.
MRSA in Tampa Bay ($70,872) | The University of Tampa will examine the use of Staphylococcus aureus as an indicator of human pollution, evaluating levels of Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus during times of variable human recreational use. The outcome will be a risk assessment for human health in Tampa Bay.
Fish Assemblages, Habitat Connectivity & Red Tide Effects ($33,888) | The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute will build on recent surveys of fish communities associated with hard bottom habitats within Tampa Bay and document connectivity with estuarine seagrass and offshore reefs. Relationships among fish community structure, habitat, sampling strategy, and the potential effects of a severe red tide event will be quantitatively assessed.
Maximo Park Water Quality Improvement and Habitat Restoration Project ($87,796) | The City of Saint Petersburg will improve water quality by capturing and treating stormwater runoff; address erosion by installing a living shoreline; and restore coastal upland habitat at Maximo Park.
Red Tide Environmental, Social & Economic Impact Assessment ($40,000) | The Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida will develop a regionally-standardized assessment methodology and communication tool to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the cross-sector effects of harmful algal blooms, including the historic 2017–2019 Florida red tide event.