Tampa and Sarasota Bays

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How a Road to Nowhere led to protecting Collier County's coast

By Robert V. Sobczak

Map of Rookery Bay NERR

After the panhandle, the peninsula and Lake Okeechobee ... and possibly the keys, Tampa Bay ranks high as one of the most distinctive geographic identifiers on a map of Florida. As for Sarasota Bay, it's a little harder to find. What I find interesting is that both Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay are recognized as their own NEPs, although I have a hunch that they interact quite a bit. Or maybe not. That will be one of the many topics I explore.

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Fear not and join the club. And by the club I mean both Go Hydrology and everybody else out there under the sun. The water cycle is the great uniter that connect us all and that we are constantly trying to figure out. With Go Hydrology it’s less about the product than the process. I always say in life, if you enjoy the process (i.e. the water cycle) then you’re on the right path and everything else will fall in place. As for the product, I’ve always been a “get the project done” type person, and that’s probably what inspired me to build Go Hydrology from the start, and also refine it (and refine it) over time. The above video explains some recent restructuring on the blog with two big goals in mind: (1) increasing discoverability (i.e. for you to find what you want) and (2) turning it into a Florida wide watershed journal. Most of all we’re all in this together. So if you have any comments or ideas, let me know and we’ll figure it out. When it comes to the water cycle and our watersheds, we’re all on the same team.

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