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Largest ecosystem restoration begins in Tampa Bay

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The ecosystem restoration project began in Tampa Bay Monday The ecosystem restoration project began in Tampa Bay Monday
The Rock Pond Ecosystem Restoration Project includes 779 acres of uplands and wetlands The Rock Pond Ecosystem Restoration Project includes 779 acres of uplands and wetlands
With a few scoops of dirt over the base of a pine tree sapling, the largest ecosystem restoration project in Tampa Bay began. The Rock Pond Ecosystem Restoration Project includes 779 acres of uplands and wetlands enhancement.

"We are restoring back the native vegetation, what was here prior to the farming and agriculture interests that were going on here," said Robert Beltran with Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Because of the efforts of multiple agencies during the last few decades, the water quality of Tampa Bay is improving. The sea grasses that can grow again in the cleaner water are returning to levels seen before the 1950s.

This project is expected to take two year to complete. It will include 80,000 truck loads of dirt. The Rock Pond Ecosystem will then restore habitats and help filter the water before it goes into Tampa Bay.
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