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Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed

Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed



This section includes information about the geography and land use within the watershed, including the historical and current forms of land use.

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


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Source(s): U.S. Department of Commerce

The following information illustrates the change in population within the watershed during the past few decades. Statistics shown are only for the watershed area within the boundary of this Water Atlas.

Total Population within each Watershed from 1970-2020
Watershed 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020  
Little Manatee River Watershed NO DATA 192 NO DATA 619 1,162 2,150 Graph
Manatee River Watershed 49,826 74,048 102,545 138,783 189,658 246,558 Graph
Myakka River Watershed 603 1,086 1,863 3,282 4,313 3,923 Graph
Peace River Watershed NO DATA NO DATA NO DATA 26 40 NO DATA Graph
Sarasota Bay Coastal Watershed 40,574 64,558 93,794 102,195 101,984 93,143 Graph
Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed 6,393 8,920 13,505 18,333 25,591 22,801 Graph
Totals for All Watershed Areas 97,396 148,804 211,707 263,238 322,748 368,575  

Source(s): U.S. Department of Commerce

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    Land Acquisition and Protection

    The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is the primary source for information on Florida's conservation lands. The Inventory database includes boundaries and statistics for more than 1,400 federal, state, local, and private managed areas, all provided directly by the managing agencies. National parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, local and private preserves are examples of the managed areas included.

    Statistics shown are only for the watershed area within the boundary of this Water Atlas.

    10% of the land area within the Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed is under protection.

    The amount of protected land under federal, state, local, and private ownership
    Ownership Area (square miles)
    Federal 0.03
    Local 0.49
    Private 0.06
    State 3.59
    Source: Florida Natural Areas Inventory
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      Land Use / Land Cover

      Land Cover categorizes the land in terms of the observed physical surface characteristics. For example, while the land use may be classified as agricultural, the land cover may be classified as upland or wetland. Learn more about land use and land cover »

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      The interactive map shown below demonstrates how the use of land within and around Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed has changed over time. Use the slider control at the top left of the map to change the year displayed. Use the visibility slider at the top right to change the opacity of the land use layer.

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      Land Use Legend

      • Urban & Built-up
      • Agriculture
      • Rangeland
      • Upland Forests
      • Water
      • Wetlands
      • Barren Land
      • Utilities
      • Watershed Boundary
      Acreage and Percentage within each Land Use / Land Cover Category for Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed
      Year Urban & Built-up Agriculture Rangeland Upland Forests Water Wetlands Barren Land Transportation and Utilities
      Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres%
      202013,223378,0062256221,36441,79558,08823187< 12,4227
      20179,611347,0052536111,07041,30756,51923157< 11,8667
      20149,295336,3262373731,62961,25946,7012458< 11,8837
      20119,361347,2662635511,09241,23746,55524151< 11,8717
      20109,073327,6132735611,06941,24946,55124144< 11,8337
      20098,990327,7262837211,06141,23346,53923137< 11,8307
      20088,891327,9342833811,08241,21846,50023101< 11,8256
      20078,614318,2523039211,10141,14046,45223114< 11,8246
      20068,211298,6033140311,10541,07446,50223142< 11,8477
      20058,021298,6953153121,12441,04246,52723113< 11,8357
      20047,819288,8913253421,13141,03446,51323115< 11,8517
      19996,5012310,0803673131,187496346,7012426< 11,7006
      19955,9852210,4343773931,229493736,8022438< 11,7256
      19905,8612110,5273866721,180489036,8352423< 11,7576

      Source(s): Southwest Florida Water Management District

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