ST. PETERSBURG – The Pinellas County “Salty Topics” series will present “Restoring Tampa Bay: 25 Years of Progress” on Oct. 3 at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center.
Sponsored Marine Science Speaker series and the St. Petersburg, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Sea Grant Extension, the discussion will focus on the recovery of Tampa Bay from an algae-covered, nutrient-enriched, smelly estuary in the 1970s. Today, Tampa Bay's waters are as clear as they were in 1950, and the bay contains 12,000 more acres of seagrass than in 1980—despite a more than doubling of population in the watershed.
The discussion will be lead by Holly Greening, executive director of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. She is responsible for maintaining the strong partnerships forged through TBEP, continuing the bay's science-based restoration and recovery strategies.
Greening, who earned a Master's of Science degree from Florida State Universty, has served on the Estuarine Research Federation Governing Board, the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, four National Research Council Committees, as Co-Chair of the 2011 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference, and as Chair of the Association of National Estuary Programs. She is currently serving on the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council, and as Associate Editor for the scientific journal Estuaries and Coasts.
The “Salty Topics” series is held at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The Friends of Weedon Island (http://fowi.org) will host a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will follow and the discussion on the Tampa Bay estuary program will begin at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Libby Carnahan at (727) 453-6522 or sign up at https://restoretampabay.eventbrite.com.