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Bay Soundings: Waterkeeper Alliance Opens Branch in Tampa Bay

Why would Tampa Bay, one of the world’s most successful waterway restoration efforts, need yet another watchdog?

For Tampa Bay Waterkeeper Andy Hayslip, the focus isn’t as much about keeping an eye out for polluters as it is on engaging new people and organizations that haven’t been part of the bay’s decades-long restoration.

“There’s an enormous body of knowledge and success stories here but we’re looking for ways to fill in the gaps,” said Hayslip, who has worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as well as serving as a planner for the cities of Clearwater and Bradenton and the Waterkeeper in Watauga River Basin near Boone, NC. “We’ll take a holistic approach and work as collaboratively as possible.”

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