Lake Seminole Watershed
Lake Seminole, the second largest lake in the County, has had poor water quality for many years. In 1991 Pinellas County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District partnered to complete the Lake Seminole Diagnostic Feasibility Study. This study showed that the primary cause of the lake’s worsening water quality was stable water levels as well as excess fertilizers entering the lake from untreated stormwater. In 2001, the Lake Seminole Watershed Management Plan was completed. The plan built upon the diagnostic study by further evaluating the extent of the problem and developing recommendations to improve the lake’s overall health.
Several projects recommended in the diagnostic study and the watershed plan have been completed. These include: the construction of an adjustable water level control structure, the design and construction of a new retention pond, the refurbishment of an existing stormwater pond, cattail harvesting, and two aquatic habitat restoration projects.
Current Boat Ramp Status: OPEN as a reminder, all personal watercraft activities are to stay at least 100 feet away from all lake vegetation.