Pond Demonstration Area:This retention pond demonstrates how important water is to wildlife. Planted exclusively with Florida native plants, there is plenty of shelter and food available to a wide variety of animals.
McKay's Creek:Florida enjoys one of the most diverse collections of native plants and wildlife in the country. Thousands of native plant and wildlife species depend on Florida’s aquatic habitats. As the state's human population has increased, aquatic habitat has been lost to development and degraded by increasing pollution and other side effects. These include the introduction of nonnative species. The result—native plants and animals of Florida are under increasing pressure to survive.
What can you do to improve water quality?
In Pinellas County, there are two major watersheds, the Tampa Bay watershed and the Crystal-Pithlachascotee watershed. These watersheds are further divided into more than 50 local drainage basins (or local watersheds) such as Lake Seminole, Lake Tarpon, Brooker Creek and McKay Creek. All of these bodies of fresh water affect the overall quality of the watershed and need to be kept clean and healthy.
As stormwater drains to water bodies, it carries everything we leave on the land: fertilizers, dog waste, trash, motor oil and other substances. By changing the way we live, work and play, we make a difference. Learn more about watersheds and stormwater runoff here.