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Lower Hillsborough River Watershed

Lower Hillsborough River Watershed

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Description

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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Population

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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.

Total Population within each Watershed from 1970-2010
Watershed 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010  
Alafia River Watershed 37,154 66,068 124,891 168,075 223,729 Graph
Anclote River Watershed 125 328 375 654 3,261 Graph
Brooker Creek Watershed 1,463 8,978 3,370 6,853 11,192 Graph
Bullfrog Creek Watershed 4,335 15,033 17,223 20,452 61,292 Graph
Curiosity Creek Watershed 17,202 20,909 19,267 18,050 17,725 Graph
Cypress Creek Watershed 4,928 18,601 19,989 34,344 51,613 Graph
Delaney/Archie/North Archie Creek Watershed 22,226 32,287 32,791 50,688 78,383 Graph
Double Branch Watershed 0 1,977 8,456 23,035 41,797 Graph
Duck Pond Watershed 12,304 26,643 38,606 46,509 51,421 Graph
East Lake Watershed 8,932 7,167 10,581 7,854 10,139 Graph
Hillsborough Bay Watershed 44,072 39,916 37,476 44,094 49,516 Graph
Hillsborough River Watershed 42,862 85,113 110,834 144,419 197,952 Graph
Little Manatee River Watershed 11,240 11,385 21,857 35,531 46,379 Graph
Lower Hillsborough River Watershed 103,769 99,569 99,044 100,587 100,145 Graph
Lower Sweetwater Creek Watershed 29,932 37,199 36,133 41,219 42,888 Graph
MacDill Area 5,905 5,496 3,578 2,772 1,862 Graph
Mckay Bay Watershed 36,593 29,751 24,369 24,164 24,963 Graph
Old Tampa Bay Watershed 59,875 57,401 47,454 60,671 60,876 Graph
Pemberton Creek Watershed 21,624 36,785 45,002 49,551 59,419 Graph
Rocky Brushy Creek Watershed 12,598 38,315 92,757 114,984 128,639 Graph
Silver Twin Lake Watershed 1,657 6,470 3,857 6,359 6,362 Graph
Sweetwater Creek Watershed 11,686 24,827 48,886 56,116 57,369 Graph
Tampa Bypass Canal Watershed 18,374 33,221 42,910 44,203 53,954 Graph
Totals for All Watershed Areas 508,856 703,439 889,706 1,101,184 1,380,876  

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

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

     
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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.

    Less than 1% of the land area within the Lower Hillsborough River Watershed is under protection.

    The amount of protected land under federal, state, local, and private ownership
    Ownership Area (square miles)
    Local 0.03
    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 »

      Interactive Land Use Viewer

      The interactive map shown below demonstrates how the use of land within and around Lower Hillsborough River 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
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      • Watershed Boundary
      Acreage and Percentage within each Land Use / Land Cover Category for Lower Hillsborough River Watershed (Statistics shown are only for the watershed area within the boundary of this Water Atlas)
      Year Urban & Built-up Agriculture Rangeland Upland Forests Water Wetlands Barren Land Transportation and Utilities
      Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres%
      201712,558912000122< 1333280< 1006535
      201412,397900000103< 13322101< 118< 17966
      201112,547912000125< 1332281< 1006605
      201012,547912000125< 1330283< 1006605
      200912,5709120001321331283< 1006305
      200812,5729120001331331283< 1006275
      200712,577922000118< 1334296< 1006204
      200612,5629120001371336277< 1006335
      200512,5669120001381337278< 1006275
      200412,5679120001381338276< 1006275
      199912,5819220001381345290< 1005924
      199512,5659120001391341292< 1006084
      199012,5609130001681320274< 1006244

      Source(s): Southwest Florida Water Management District

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