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Traveling photo exhibit celebrates 20 years of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program
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Traveling photo exhibit celebrates 20 years of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Saint Petersburg, FL – Twenty images by local photographers, including two by Longboat Key photographer, Mary Lou Johnson,  depicting the beauty and diversity of Tampa Bay will be featured in “Tampa Bay: 20/20,” a traveling exhibit celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

“Tampa Bay: 20/20” features finalists from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s 2010 Photo Contest, as well as select additional images from local photographers. Together, the photos tell a story of Tampa Bay’s recovery over the past two decades -- as shown in clearer water, increased fish and wildlife populations and expanding recreational use of the bay.

Tampa Bay was designated an “estuary of national significance” by Congress in 1990. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program came into being one year later to assist the region in developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to restore the bay. Today, water quality in most bay segments is as good as it was in the 1950s.

“We are delighted to be able to share this special photo exhibit, and the progress in bay restoration represented by these photos, with the residents who have supported our efforts since TBEP was created in 1991,” said Holly Greening, TBEP Executive Director.

“Tampa Bay 20/20” opens in March at Weedon Island Preserve in northeast St. Petersburg. In April, it moves to Brooker Creek Preserve in Pinellas County, then the South Florida Museum in Bradenton from late May through July. It will be at the South Shore Regional Library in Ruskin in September, and then wind up the year at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The public is invited to view the exhibit at any of the venues.

Educational captions complement the beautiful images, and help to shed light on the progress made in restoring the bay; the diversity of plant and animal life supported by the bay; and the special connection we feel for the region’s signater waterway.

Specific opening and closing dates for the exhibit will be posted on TBEP’s Facebook page and its website at www.tbep.org under the “What’s New” tab.

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