Sarasota Bay with Ringling Bridge

Climate Ready Estuaries Program

SBEP was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2010 to receive financial support from the Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program. CRE supports local climate ready adaptation planning by helping local National Esutary Programs identify climate change vulnerabilities, develop local adaptation plans, and support longer-term future planning.

Climate Ready Estuaries - EPAThe CRE program supports NEPs and coastal communities in becoming “climate ready” by providing special tools and assistance to assess climate change vunerabilities, engage and educate community stakeholders, develop and implement adaptation strategies, and share lessons learned with other coastal resource managers.

Click here to see the SLR Web Map showing long range scenarios for sea level increases.

King High Tides Photo Project

As part of the Program, SBEP and the public living in our watershed participated in this years King Tide Photo Project. During the last week of October 2011 the Sarasota Bay area had high, or “King,” tides of over two feet. King tides occur when the moon and sun align on one side of the Earth and their gravitational forces combine to create higher tides than normal. While these tides are natural occurrences, they provide local communities with a sneak-peak of what the landscape may look like in future decades with sea level rises. Click here to see photos from around the Florida Gulf Coast. 

Visit to learn more about the EPA Climate Ready Estuaires Program.