January 2018 – On November 27, John McGee of Hillsborough County Public Works presented information on the Baker Creek Nutrient Source Tracking project to the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. This project, cooperatively funded with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, identified sources of nutrients affecting the Baker Creek Watershed, which includes tributaries of the Hillsborough River. The study involved an examination of watershed characteristics and pollutant loads, identification of the critical sources of pollutants, and proposed water quality restoration alternatives.
County staff discussed the broad sources of phosphorus and nitrogen affecting the watershed and potential ways the water quality could be improved – including regional treatment ponds, stream enhancements and restoration, use of Best Management Practices and future green infrastructure. The River Board continues to monitor and support activities and projects that improve the water quality of the Hillsborough River.