Practice these bay-friendly living tips to keep our waters clean and healthy. And remember to share your bay-lovin’ bodaciousness with friends and neighbors.
1. Drink Local
Plastic water bottles takes energy to make, transport, store, and recycle. BYOB with a reusable bottle filled with tap water, or a filtered pitcher.
2. Scoop The Poop
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.
3. Skip The Fertilizer In Summer
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.
4. Reel in our Tarpon Tag
Your purchase of the Tampa Bay Estuary license plate funds community-led bay restoration and education.
5. Cut the (Nature) Deficit
Kids who spend time outdoors perform better in school and build healthier immune systems.
7. Boat Slow Where Seagrasses Grow
About 70% of the fish we catch for food or fun spend part of their lives in the bay’s seagrass meadows. So do manatees, stingrays, shrimp, scallops and many other animals.
8. Drive Less and Drive Small
Tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks have a greater impact on the bay’s water quality than power plants. Consolidate your errands, share the ride, and drive smaller, fuel-efficient cars to keep our air and water clean.
9. Give Poison A Pass
Why dump toxins all over your little piece of paradise? Give bad bugs the boot by hand-plucking or using non-toxic horticultural sprays and soaps.
10. Be A Giver, Not a Taker
Give a little of your time to make the bay better. Volunteer to restore a wetland, root out invasive plants or take part in a coastal cleanup.