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Manatee River Watershed

Manatee 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 Manatee River Watershed is located within Manatee County and spans 351.4 square miles. The watershed contains 27 named lakes/ponds, 39 named rivers/streams/canals and 2 named bays/bayous.

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Water Quality sampling site
Hydrology sampling site
Closest Rainfall site
Rainfall sampling site
Multi-type sampling site
Other sampling site

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.

Download the entire Restoration database (91KB Excel spreadsheet)

Restoration sites within Manatee 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

FDEP 1-850-305-3903

Fish Kill

FWCC, Fish Kills

General Concerns/Complaints


Manatee County Citizen's Action Center (CAC)

Industrial Waste/Spill

FDEP State Watch Office

Manatee County Citizen's Action Center (CAC)

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


Manatee County Citizen's Action Center (CAC)

Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill


Manatee County Citizen's Action Center (CAC)

Source(s): USF Water Institute

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

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