Bay Postscript Summer 2021
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2021 TBERF Award Recipients

BASIS7-ANEP Rescheduled for Spring 2022

TBEP Bay Mini-Grants Accepting Project Proposals

Piney Point Dashboard Tutorial Video

2021 National Estuaries Week Events
Hard bottom Habitat in Lower Tampa Bay | Photographer: Sheila Scolaro | More TBEP Pics
2021 TBERF Award Recipients
The Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF) is a competitive grants program that supports projects which implement the water quality improvement, habitat restoration, applied research, and education priorities of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and its partners. We work with Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) to encourage local and national contributions from the public and private sectors in order to achieve measurable conservation outcomes for the protection and restoration of Tampa Bay. This year, TBERF is excited to announce its support for 7 projects that will aid in accomplishing the goals of our Program and the overall health of Tampa Bay.
2021 projects include:  
Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Plan for Tampa Bay

Up in the Air, Down in the Water: Atmospheric Deposition in Tampa Bay

Economic Valuation of Tampa Bay 

Philippe Bay Water Quality Improvements

Status and Trends of Sharks in Tampa Bay

Robinson Preserve Juvenile Sportfish Emigration

Eckerd College Living Shoreline

Purity Springs Restoration and Living Shoreline

BASIS7-ANEP Rescheduled for Spring 2022
On Friday, September 3rd, 2021, TBEP Executive Director Ed Sherwood announced to our partners and stakeholders that the BASIS7-ANEP Conference Steering Committee had reached a consensus on postponing BASIS7-ANEP, originally planned for this October until Spring 2022.

We believe this decision will allow us to maximize in-person attendance, solicit additional abstracts/student posters to further round-out the anticipated program, and ultimately create a safer, more inclusive space for the sharing of cutting-edge science, research, education, management and policy findings.

We are looking forward to making the rescheduled event a success in the Spring. To view Mr. Sherwood’s announcement, please visit this link.
Are you an educator or part of a local community organization with an idea for a restoration or educational project in Tampa Bay? The Tampa Bay Estuary Program is now accepting project applications for the Bay Mini-Grants program! Bay Mini-Grants are competitive awards (up to $5,000) offered to community groups with projects that help improve Tampa Bay. Project proposals must address at least one of Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s goals: water quality, habitat restoration, invasive species, public education, fish and wildlife enhancement. This year, priority will be given to proposals that expand the use of Green Infrastructure Practices.

The application deadline for Bay Mini-Grants is September 24, 2021. Information about the Bay Mini-Grants program, including an information packet with links to application resources, an Instructional Webinar and summaries of previously awarded grant projects can be obtained by visiting
Piney Point Dashboard Tutorial Video
The Piney Point Environmental Monitoring Dashboard is an excellent source of information for folks looking to better understand the status and trends of Tampa Bay these past few months. BUT, like any dashboard, it can be a lot to take in and understand.

If you've been interested in diving deeper and have just 13 minutes to spare, check out our dashboard How-To video, featuring TBEP's Program Scientist and dashboard developer Marcus Beck.
How to Celebrate National Estuaries Week

National Estuaries Week (NEW) is a nationwide celebration of our bays and estuaries and the many benefits they provide to local communities. Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest open-water estuary, so naturally, we’ve got a lot to celebrate.

Here are a few ways you can get involved this year (September 18th - 25th, 2021).
#LoveTampaBay Needs Your Videos!
Since its inception, the #LoveTampaBay hashtag campaign has collected over 6,500 tags, encouraging folks to share the many ways in which jobs, art, science and community depend upon a healthy bay. For our 30th, we’re going to take it one step further with a #LoveTampaBay video!

How to participate:

  • Use your phone to film a short clip (15 - 30 seconds) showing us how you #LoveTampaBay. Bonus points if it hits on one of the 4 categories: jobs, art, science, and community.

  • Email your clip to with the subject line “LoveTampaBay" by October 15th, 2021.
Tampa Bay Watch’s International Coastal Cleanup (Sept 18)

Kick-off National Estuaries Week by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup at Grandview Park or Bartlett Park on Saturday, September 18, 9 AM-Noon. 
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program “Tidy Island Volunteer Planting” (Sept 25th)

New College of Florida and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program seek volunteers to help plant native plants on Tidy Island, a large mangrove peninsula in upper Sarasota Bay. Please note that for safety reasons, this event is for volunteers age 10 and up.
Additional Events
Environmentally Engaged at Florida CraftArt (Sept 10 - Oct 23)

Enjoy a juried exhibition of handmade fine crafts where artists express “ideas about the environment, the impending effects of climate change, and human relationships with the natural world.”
The Fishes Wishes and O.N.E (Oceans Needs Everyone) Sea Oat Planting (Oct 3)

Join The Fishes Wishes and O.N.E as they bring together volunteers for a Sea Oat Planting at Fort DeSoto Park.
Professional Development (Webinars, Conferences, Grants, etc.)
The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. is now accepting abstracts from those interested in presenting at the 2022 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference. The Conference will take place Monday, April 25th – Thursday, April 28th.

NOAA has several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris projects, including removal, prevention, and research grants.

Tampa Bay Water offers the Source Water Protection Mini-grant Program with $30,000 in grant money available to help fund projects and events by local community groups, nonprofit groups, schools, and universities. Applications for the 2022 grant cycle are due by 5 p.m. on November 12, 2021.

The GOMA offers informative hour-long webinars on Gulf of Mexico Alliance topics on the last Wednesday of every other month. Click the link above to view the full schedule.

Job Opportunities
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New study looks at risks to striped bass

About the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program is an intergovernmental partnership dedicated to restoring and protecting Tampa Bay, Florida's largest open-water estuary. The TBEP is one of 28 "Estuaries of National Significance" designated by Congress.
Our Policy Board is comprised of representatives from Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties; the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater; the Southwest Florida Water Management District; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  
Southwest Florida Water Management District "Restoration Through the Years."

Learn about the benefits of the District’s land conservation program.