District Five Year Wetland Health Assessment Study

Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties, FL

Southwest Florida Water Management District and Tampa Bay Water, two of the Region’s water resource leaders, requested VHB’s help to conduct a comprehensive study that evaluated the effects of groundwater withdrawals on regional wetland health in the Northern Tampa Bay Area. We developed a modified Wetland Health Assessment Protocol, created a custom-made mobile tablet application, and collected comprehensive data on land use, soils, hydrology, vegetation, and wetland health scoring for nearly 400 sites. An additional web-based GIS map of wetland scores through the years included links to historic data forms and photos, and statistical and mapping analysis tools allowed users to visualize yearly comparisons. A Story Map Journal, an innovative alternative to a traditional scientific report, presented the scientific findings using interactive links to maps, tables, figures, and appendices.

A man makes notes on a table about wetland conditions.


  • Southwest Florida Water Management District

  • Tampa Bay Water


  • Environmental Services

  • GIS/Geospatial Services

  • Hydrology

  • IT Consulting Services

  • Wetlands Mitigation