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Myakka River Watershed

Myakka River Watershed


General Information

What is a Watershed?

A watershed (also called a drainage basin) is an area on the land surface from which water flows or has the potential to flow to a common destination. Watersheds are naturally separated from adjacent basins by topographic divides. In this Atlas, the watersheds are composed of groups of creeks that flow to a single bay or group of bays. Drainage basins are subunits of watersheds and are defined by the main creek that flows through them.

Manatee County has six major watersheds, named after bays or rivers, and numerous subbasins, typically named after the creeks. One of Manatee County's major watersheds, the Manatee River Watershed, is located almost entirely within Manatee County. The county receives the majority of its potable water from this watershed. The following two watersheds represent the portions of the Manatee River Watershed that are the primary sources of potable water in the County. Learn more about watersheds »


The Myakka River Watershed is located within Manatee County and spans 223.1 square miles. The watershed contains 5 named lakes/ponds, 22 named rivers/streams/canals and 0 named bays/bayous.

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program Restoration Projects

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program Restoration Projects help build communities that value and contribute to Tampa's natural outdoor environment by helping improve and beautify public areas, parks and streetscapes.

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Restoration sites within Myakka River Watershed:




Who to call about environmental concerns and to report environmentally harmful activities. For potentially life threatening emergencies dial 911.

Concern or Activity Contact(s)
Dangerous Boating / Accidents

FWCC, Division of Boating Safety
1-850-488-5600 (to report an accident) or
1-888-404-3922 (to report unsafe boating)

Algal Blooms


Fish Kill

FWCC, Fish Kills

General Concerns/Complaints


Manatee County Citizen's Action Center (CAC)

Industrial Waste/Spill


Manatee County Industrial Compliance Division

Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

FWCC, Wildlife Violations
or via cell phone, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier

Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts


Aquatic Plant Removal

1-813-744-6163 or 6164

Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading

1-813-632-7600 or via cell phone, dial #DEP

Manatee County
1-941-747-HELP (4357)

Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill


Manatee County

Source(s): USF Water Institute

FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection

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    Historic Information

    Historic Information

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