Watershed Management: Watershed Planning
McKay Creek Watershed
The McKay Creek basin is located in west central Pinellas County and includes parts of the City of Largo and Seminole and the Town of Belleair Bluffs. The basin spans approximately 5,460 acres and is characterized primarily by residential and commercial land uses. The central portions of the basin contain substantial acreage of developed and undeveloped parklands including recreational areas. Due to the built out nature of the watershed future development within the basin is limited. The length of the primary channel is approximately 6.2 miles and includes two reservoirs; Taylor lake and the Walsingham Reservoir. McKay Creek is considered an impaired waterbody by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
A Watershed Management Plan was completed in 2014 by Pinellas County, the City of Largo, and Southwest Florida Water Management District . The BMP Report includes twelve recommended projects to relieve flooding and improve water quality. These projects will be prioritized for inclusion in the Capital Improvement Program.
The County, FDOT, and SWFWMD are partnering on a project to construct stormwater treatment ponds to improve water quality in the creek. The project is currently under design with construction anticipated to be complete by 2018.
McKay Water Quality Conceptual Design