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Water Awareness, Research and Education in East Tampa (WARE East Tampa): A pilot collaboration involving USF, Young Magnet Middle School and the East Tampa Community

EPA Grant Number: SU834301
Title: Water Awareness, Research and Education in East Tampa (WARE East Tampa): A pilot collaboration involving USF, Young Magnet Middle School and the East Tampa Community
Investigators: Trotz, Maya , Akiwumi, Fenda , Green, Trent , Stuart, Amy L.
Institution: University of South Florida
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 14, 2011
Project Amount: $75,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Phase 2 (2009)
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , P3 Challenge Area - Water



Stormwater retention ponds play a vital role in flood and pollution control in communities throughout Florida and volunteer community programs have been successful at reducing local pollutant loads and maintaining pond health. Community funded revitalization programs in East Tampa, an economically disadvantaged urban area, include beatification efforts of three stormwater ponds. This P3 award will further develop a collaborative mechanism involving the University of South Florida, Lockhart Elementary School, Young Middle Magnet School, Middleton High School and East Tampa community members that effectively raises environmental awareness in East Tampa using these stormwater ponds as an initial focal point and a local learning site.


Through K3-12 and community education and awareness, local pollutant inputs to storm water will be reduced; an activity that not only impacts local pond water quality, but also water quality in the Tampa Bay.

Expected Results:

Outputs from this project are: 1) curriculum developed for students at Lockhart Elementary School and Middleton High School as well as improved of curriculum for Young Middle Magnet; 2) stormwater retention pond demonstration modules and tour that can be used to share information with other school teachers, students and community members; 3) baseline water quality data collection for three retention ponds in East Tampa and establishment of a sustainable water monitoring program; 4) a preliminary assessment of heavy metal sediment loads in the storm water ponds in East Tampa; and 5) a report with proposed activities needed to continue this project.

Supplemental Keywords:

ecosystem protection, environmental analysis, monitoring, sustainable environment, community based, surface water,

Relevant Websites:

Phase 1 Abstract
Phase 1 Final Report

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