Watershed Management: Watershed Planning
Anclote River Watershed
The Anclote River watershed within Pinellas County has an area of 9,095 acres and is the largest river system in Pinellas County. The river is a valuable recreational destination. The municipalities within the watershed are Unincorporated Pinellas County and the City of Tarpon Springs. Dominant land use categories in the Anclote River watershed include residential, commercial, and recreational open space. The main channel of the Anclote River flows from northeast to southwest. The river begins in western Hillsborough County,travels through Pasco County, and ultimately discharging into St. Joseph Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The primary tributary to the Anclote River within Pinellas County is Hollin Creek. In recent years, the watershed and its associated natural resources have begun to exhibit signs of ecological stress. The watershed is now listed on the State’s verified impaired waters list for dissolved oxygen and nutrients.
Projects in the Watershed
A comprehensive watershed management plan (WMP) for the Anclote Watershed in Pinellas County is currently being developed. The WMP will result in recommendations for water quality, flood reduction, and natural system improvement projects. This project is co-funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and is expected to be substantially complete in early 2019. Previously, projects for the Pasco and Hillsborough portions of the Anclote River have been conducted by SWFWMD and local cooperators.