The Bay Study Group was created by the City of Tampa in 1976 to monitor the effects of pollution abatement that occurred in Hillsborough Bay when the city’s wastewater treatment plant was upgraded from primary to advanced treatment in 1979. The Bay Study Group documented a remarkable restoration of water quality parameters and biological indicators in Hillsborough Bay from the mid 1980s until 2009, when it was disbanded.
The Bay Study Group collection includes aerial photographs monitoring the health of the bay. To access, visit the Tampa Bay Area Study Group Project mapping service. Here you will begin with the earliest photographs from 1986. You can add or remove flight photographs from the display by using the check boxes under the menu titled "Flight Selection." You may also navigate to a different year by using the menu titled "Other Collections By Year." To review the published reports written or collected by the group please select the "Reports" link below.