Public Works Department - Watershed Information
What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land that drains to an open body of water and in Pinellas County, every square foot of land drains somewhere. For example, rainwater runs from your lawn and driveway, down the street along the gutter to a storm drain, then runs through underground pipes to a neighborhood pond or stream. It drains to Allen’s Creek, Brooker Creek, Lake Tarpon, Lake Seminole, Cross Bayou, and other areas of water. Eventually, it washes into the open waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. As stormwater drains to water bodies, it carries everything we leave on the land: fertilizers, dog waste, trash, motor oil, and other substances. By changing the way we live, work, and play, we make a difference.>
Pinellas County has launched a campaign to help county residents better understand the importance of watersheds. The campaign recognizes the link between daily activities and the health of the waterways that are the main reason people live in and visit Pinellas County.
If you work in Pinellas County you work in a watershed.
If you play in Pinellas County you play in a watershed.