Restoring and protecting interdependent habitats is essential to the vitality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. Estuarine habitats like seagrasses, oyster beds, and wetlands were decimated during the 1950s as a result of dredge-and-fill operations designed to provide boat access to waterfront home sites. To mitigate the extensive damage, SBEP embarked on an aggressive program to restore lost or damaged habitat and protect remaining undisturbed habitats. This is an ongoing commitment that is vital to the health and future of the entire estuary system.
Since its inception in 1989, SBEP has participated in more than 200 projects related to habitat restoration or water quality improvement within the watershed, which spans both Sarasota and Manatee Counties. A dozen restoration projects are currently in planning, permitting or construction phase. SBEP serves as project manager, bringing together the partners, funding and contractors with expertise in planning, permitting and construction.
Click on the interactive map on this page to learn more about the various projects including their public amenities such as trails, kayak/canoe launches, public restrooms, and more.
Click to read the SBEP’s Habitat Restoration Plan.
You can learn more about each type of habitat by clicking the header below: