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About Us

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is dedicated to ensuring fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water for all.

Photo by Jamie Ostrand

A clean and resilient watershed is essential to strong communities and a healthy economy. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper works to protect and improve the Tampa Bay watershed by combining sound science, policy advocacy, grassroots community engagement and education. We use this approach to stand up for clean water together as a community, ensuring a clean and vibrant future for the Tampa Bay watershed.

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a movement founded by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. that empowers individuals and communities to protect and improve their local watersheds.

In 1966, commercial and recreational fishers on the Hudson River banded together to hold polluters accountable for destroying their way of life, creating the Waterkeeper movement. This tradition of non-partisan, grassroots activism to protect our water and our livelihoods has been the lifeblood of the movement ever since. Today there are more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations on six continents.