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The Lower Hillsborough River system has been heavily impacted by stormwater discharges and reduction of freshwater inflow (Mote Marine Laboratory 1984; Water & Air Research Inc. 1993; Water & Air Research & SOl Environmental Services, Inc. 1994) .. A consequence has been increased salinity, the accumulation of fine-grained sediments and associated contaminants, as well as lowered DO levels. Analysis of past EPCHC data for the Lower Hillsborough River showed that benthic community characteristics (as measured by the TBBI) were not necessarily related to dissolved oxygen, salinity, or depth (Grabe and Karlen 1999; Grabe el al. 2000). The data collected through 2000 continue to support these observations.