By Walker A Willis, Shorecrest Preparatory School
The third phase of my project was to restore an estuary along the 54th Avenue Channel in St. Petersburg. This involved removing marine trash and planting over 500 mangroves and 100 grass plants. The project required removal of some non-native, invasive species, but primarily addressed a barren, unproductive 175 feet of an important Tampa Bay estuary waterline. With a contribution of plants and expertise, the project relied upon support from several local organizations, including The Florida Aquarium and Tampa Bay Watch. Both of which are nonprofit organizations dedicated in part to restoring and preserving Florida estuaries. The Sustany Foundation again provided volunteer experience and muscle! Over 410 volunteer hours were invested for this phase of the project.