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Kids who spend time outdoors perform better in school and build healthier immune systems. “We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.” – George Eliot...

Your purchase of the Tampa Bay Estuary license plate funds community-led bay restoration and education. The license tag has provided $1.6 million to schools, neighborhoods and community groups for grassroots projects to help the bay. ...

Heavy rains don’t water fertilizer in, they wash it away. If you have a lawn, fertilize only in spring and fall to prevent runoff that causes ugly algae blooms in our bay. Use iron instead of fertilizer in summer to keep your grass green without growing...

Dog poop can add bacteria to the bay, and transmit disease to humans and other dogs. Prevent poo-lution by bagging and tossing dog doo in the trash. In the Tampa Bay area, an average of 50 tons of dog poop is left on the ground each day....

Plastic water bottles takes energy to make, transport, store, and recycle. BYOB with a reusable bottle filled with tap water, or a filtered pitcher. The average American uses 167 disposable water bottles a year....

With ardor most guys reserve for their first car, Russell Farrow recalls his first kayak, a British sea-touring rig he paddled from Pensacola to Siesta Key in 1993. “That’s when the bug really bit me,” he says. “I was able to see and go places...

Piloting ships as long as a 100-story skyscraper is tall leaves little margin for error. It takes a superior helmsman who intimately knows the bay to safely navigate the bay’s shipping channels aboard vessels that barely clear the bay bottom. “It’s empowering,” says Capt. Carolyn Kurtz,...

Peter Clark wears many hats – planner-in-chief of habitat restoration and educational programs, friend raiser, and fundraiser. But it’s the one-on-one interaction with kids that inspires him most. “It’s one of my biggest joys, sliding all the paperwork off my desk and driving them out...

Holly Greening’s career current was set at the age of 10, immersed in the underwater adventures of pioneering diver Eugenie Clark, known as “The Shark Lady” recounted in the book “Lady With A Spear.” Plus, she admittedly “couldn’t stay out of the water” growing up in...

Commercial fisherman Gus Muench (“Crabby Gus”) spent his youth along the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay estuary. “Billions of good brain cell connections from my childhood established deep roots. Guess that’s why I’m so connected to the water. We had an eight-foot homemade boat we...