Team Studies Water Quality and Plant/Animal Communities in Local Water Bodies
PBSJ has been selected to provide comprehensive water quality and biological monitoring (HBMP) services related to two significant Tampa Bay Water projects. The two assignments–focused on the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Facility and the Tampa Bypass Canal/Alafia River Water Supply projects–will analyze water quality, seagrasses and fish communities to track any potential impact of ongoing Tampa Bay Water operations in these areas. As prime consultant, PBSJ is leading a team of estuarine scientists, data managers and field technicians who will carry out the HPMP program.
Tampa Bay Water is a special district created by interlocal agreement to supply wholesale water to Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey and Tampa. The development and implementation of a comprehensive HBMP program for the Bypass Canal and Alafia River was required as a condition of approval in the water use permits issued to Tampa Bay Water by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).
PBSJ was responsible for the design of the original HBMP program for the bypass Canal and Alafia River, and for the first four years of its implementation. The HBMP establishes a process through which environmental changes can be detected and assessed. The program was developed with input from a team of consultants and experts from across the academic, regulatory and resource management spectrum, along with participation by environmental interest groups.
The second project encompasses water quality and biological monitoring programs for the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Facility located on the TECO Big Bend Power Plant site. PBS&J’s team will analyze potential effects of discharge from the desalination facility on Apollo Bay and Hillsborough Bay. A PBSJ -led team with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County.