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Watershed News

Pasco County is located on the west coast of Central Florida north of Tampa Bay.  Four primary streams flow through Pasco County, including the Hillsborough River, the Withlacoochee River, the Anclote River and the Pithlachascotee River.  There are 19 watersheds within Pasco County.

Pasco County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District cooperatively participate in a Watershed Management Program.  The Watershed Management Program has five elements:    
Topographic Information.  The surface features and the boundaries of each watershed are determined.

Watershed Evaluation.  The drainage flow and storage capibilities of the watershed are determined.

Watershed Management Plan.  The plan will determine the capacity of a watershed to provide flood protection.

Best Management Practices.  If the information from the Watershed Management Plan indicates that the level of service of the watershed is below the desired level of service, Best Management Practices (Projects) will be suggested that can improve the level of service.  This may include development of water management facitilities, land acquisition, regulation and education.

Maintenance of Watershed Information.  New growth and altering the land can cause watershed features to change so the information within the Watershed Management Plan must be updated.

The Watershed Management Plan is also used for the development of updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  Information on the Floodplain Management Program and the Flood Insurance Rate Maps is available by selecting this link.
To find the watershed you live in PascoView can be used (Using PascoView).  For information on activities within each watershed please select any of the following:

Bear Creek-Pithlachascotee

Cypress Creek

Double Hammock

Duck Lake

Duck Slough

Lower Coastal

Pinellas-Anclote (East)

Pinellas-Anclote (West)

Pithlachascotee-Anclote Conservation Effort

Port Richey