Tampa Bay Watch is the leading organization restoring habitat in Tampa Bay and it's estuary. It coordinates with other local, regional and national organizations to accomplish it's mission: "Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs." Many volunteer oppprtunities are scheduled that only last 4-5 hours, making it very convenient to participate. Educational programs for children are scheduled all year and include Summer Camps, as well. Community education is constant process, through emails and media coverage.
I have been a member of Tampa Bay Watch for some 20+ years now. Due to econimic stress, it is the only donation outside of church that I make on a regular basis. My reasoning - TBW does more to improve the environment (of Tampa Bay) than any other organization I personally know of. The fruits of their well rounded efforts have been realized through hands on projects, education and public awarerness programs. They have left no stones unturned in the restoration of the bay which has produced a marked increase in bay water quality (run-off & pollution control), habitat replenishment (mangrove and seagrass beds), reintroduction specie (scallops and oyster domes) to name a few. It is my view that TBW has physically done more to improve the 'overall' health of Tampa Bay than all the other organizations & government agencies that have attempted improvement through lobby, legislation and journalism. My hat is off to TBW, their voluteer staff and their workers for their unfailing stewardship of the bay waters. BRAVO Tampa Bay Watch!!!