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PROJECT PROFILE | LARGO, FL Orange Blossom Development Meets SWFWMD Requirements Modular Wetlands® System

A Forterra Company

Coastal Mangrove Gulf of Mexico, Florida

Photo Credit: Jo Crebbin

Introduction According to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD, “Tampa Bay is divided into seven major bay segments. The Old Tampa Bay watershed is about 250-square miles and encompasses northwest Hillsborough and central Pinellas counties.” 1 “Largo, Florida is centrally located in Pinellas County, touching the Intercoastal Waterway to the southwest and Tampa Bay to the northeast. Largo began as a rural farming community and became the third largest city in Florida’s most densely populated county; and the 4th largest city in the Tampa Bay Area.” 2

Situation “Over the last 50 years the land has transitioned from natural habitat to primarily urban development, negatively impacting the water that ultimately reaches Old Tampa Bay.” 1 [See Figure A:

Map of Old Tampa Bay Segments] Wetlands, mangroves, and open porous land that have historically provided Pinellas County’s waterways with natural filtration have declined rapidly. Surfaces that are impervious to rain and stormwater infiltration (or absorption) now blanket green areas and begin to contribute to “source points” of waterway pollution.

Floridians have already seen signs of escalating concern, as issues begin to compound and negatively affect the health of their local environment, wildlife, and tourism. The most

398 Via El Centro Oceanside CA 92058 | 855.566.3938 | | Figure A: Map of Old Tampa Bay Segments

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