This week’s blog post is about an ecosystem that a few of us will be visiting this weekend, the Hillsborough River watershed. With water sourced from Crystal Springs, this river and its surrounding areas are located near Tampa.
The Hillsborough River runs for about 54 miles before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. The water in the river is regarded as very clean and is used for drinking water in much of the area surrounding Tampa. The river is also used for many recreational activities, including canoeing and kayaking. In fact, UMAC will be kayaking down between its lovely banks.
The wildlife of the river and surrounding area is also very diverse and ecologically important. The river is divided into two zones by a dam. The lower zone is primarily saltwater, while the upper zone is primarily fresh water. In the lower zone, animals like manatees commonly congregate. Other organisms including a very wide variety of both freshwater and saltwater fish and several species of sea turtles are known to frequent the area.
Get excited for our Tampa trip if you’re going, and if not, go out and see this amazing river if you get the chance!
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