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There are ways to give back on your vacation in a low-stress way. About 12 miles southern St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Watch, protects and restores the wetlands in the Bay area through three main activities:
Keep the water clean with oyster beds - Eric Plage, driving force behind the volunteer program, explains that they collect these shells from local restaurants. Then volunteers move about 17 to 18 tons a day of shells inside of 80-90 eco-friendly bags. This is an all-natural, effective way to help purify the water.
Pick up trash - Almost anyone can participate in a beach cleanup, which requires nothing more than a trash bag and a set of helping hands.
Plant sea oats - The goal is to ensure protection from hurricanes and other natural elements. The plants are drought tolerant and are placed in the soft sand, which makes the activity pretty easy: just dig a hole and bury the sea oats. Moreover, sea oats become home for the sea turtles that nest below the sand of the area. After a few months, they make their way down the beach into the water. Preserving the eggs is incredibly important considering sea turtles are officially listed as endangered.
Watch the video below to see correspondent Alyssa Caverley work side-by-side with Tampa Bay Watch volunteers on The Travel Detective.
For more information, call 727-867-8166, or visit the Tampa Bay Watch website.
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