Tom Cardinale

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Statistical Report

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The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC) is charged with the responsibility of monitoring the quality of surface water in the county. The data and information collected enables staff to determine pollution status and trends throughout Tampa Bay and our tributaries. The data is also widely distributed to other government agencies, academia, the local scientific community and the general public. EPC's routine monthly surface water monitoring began in January of 1972, with the Tampa Bay estuary and was expanded to major rivers and streams in 1973. This report is a tabulation of the raw data produced on surface water samples collected in year 2000. This document is intended to be a supplement to or backup to our comprehensive interpretive SURF ACE WATER QUALITY REPORTS, which are produced every 2 to 3 years. The next SURFACE WATER QUALITY REPORT 1998-2000 is scheduled to be released in the year 2001. That interpretative report discusses trends, explains the various types of pollution, areas of concern and possible causes of noted pollution problems.