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Lower Hillsborough River Stakeholder Tour a Learning Experience for All

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On October 22, 2008, the Mayor's Beautification Program (MBP) held its first Hillsborough River Stakeholder Tour to promote a better understanding of stormwater and surface water issues facing our community. Representatives from local neighborhood associations, cleanup volunteers, environmental professionals, and business leaders took to the waters aboard the Lowry Park Zoo's boat "Sirenia".

The trip from Sulphur Springs to Hillsborough Avenue highlighted the number of stormwater outfalls that lead into the River and restoration projects that are under way to help improve water quality and habitat. Highlighted projects were located at River Tower Park, Epps Park, Sulphur Springs, and the Reed property. Presenters from the Mayor's Beautification Program, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), Friends of the River, and the City of Tampa discussed the current status of water quality impairment, Lower Hillsborough River flow, storm drain marking programs, and residential fertilizer use.

A special thanks to Raina O'Neil, of MBP for setting up the Stakeholder Tour and to SWFWMD for providing funding for the Hillsborough River Cleanup Event and River Tour. Due to the success of the River Tour, it is hoped that more events like this can be scheduled in the future.

Don't forget to come out to the Mayor's 21st Annual Hillsborough River & Waterways Cleanup followed by Rollin' on the River Picnic presented by HSBC on November 22, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Lowry Park Boat Ramp (7525 North Boulevard, Tampa).