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COVID-19 Update

March 30, 2020

Following guidelines and direction provided by Governor DeSantis and the CDC, the SBEP office is operating with limited in-person staffing until further notice. SBEP Bay Guardians volunteer workdays, Bay Wise Paddle Tours, and other public events have been postponed. Spring Management and Policy Board meetings will occur using a web meeting service. Please visit our SBEP Meetings…

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SBEP Study Contributes to Regional Understanding of Tidal Creeks

January 28, 2020

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program recently completed its second regional study on tidal creek nutrient dynamics. Both studies were funded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Wetlands Program Development Grant program. The first study resulted in the development of a nutrient management framework for southwest Florida tidal creeks. This follow-up study focused on:…

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Invasive Plant Species Guide

January 27, 2020

Invasive exotic species are a common problem in our natural areas, local parks, and even our own backyards. They are officially defined as “…alien (non-native) species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health” (National Invasive Species Council). Because they tend to grow quickly and out-compete…

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Apply by March 2 for 2020 Sarasota Bay Partners Grants

January 2, 2020

Sarasota Bay Partners Grants support community stewardship of Sarasota Bay The Sarasota Bay Partners Grants Program promotes environmental education, community involvement, and stewardship to improve the overall quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. To support these goals, funding is available from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program each year for local projects that focus on…

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Volunteer for the Bays in 2020!

November 25, 2019

The Sarasota Bay Guardians volunteer program engages people of all ages in ongoing efforts to restore Sarasota Bay. Sarasota Bay Guardians volunteers have donated thousands of hours to support the SBEP’s mission since 2010. Join us for a volunteer workday in spring 2020! Saturday, January 18: Palmer Point Park Invasive Exotic Plant Roundup Register on…

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Bay Wise Paddle Tours 2019-2020

November 7, 2019

Join SBEP for sustainable paddle eco-tours throughout the Sarasota Bay watershed and discover the habitats and wildlife that make Sarasota Bay an Estuary of National Significance. Eco-tours run from November through April with professional guide Brad Tanner. The trips are free, but participants need to bring their own kayak or paddleboard and gear or rent…

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Upside-down jellyfish congregate around Lido Key

October 16, 2019

Cassiopea Jellyfish, Credit: Dive and Seek If you’ve been snorkeling or wading around Lido Key this past spring, you may have noticed some odd, cauliflower-like animals on the bay bottom. These are a type of jellyfish called the upside-down jellyfish (or Cassiopea species). As the name suggests, these creatures usually don’t swim in open water…

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Air quality is water quality

October 16, 2019

When you run into a traffic jam, you probably think first about how you’ll be late to wherever it is you’re trying to go. Maybe next you think about the excess air pollution and smog coming from that traffic jam. Then, perhaps, you think about carbon dioxide emissions fueling global climate change. As if all…

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Caspersen Beach Cleanup Oct. 19

September 20, 2019

Saturday, October 19th 4100 Harbor Dr, Venice 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Join SBEP, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Department, and the Sarasota Bay chapter of the American Littoral Society for a paddle/land cleanup and invasive pull at Caspersen Beach! Lunch will be provided by Sharky’s afterwards. Those participating in the paddle cleanup…

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Water Quality Assessment and Strategy RFQ

August 30, 2019

SBEP has released a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) #19-50BK, Water Quality Assessment and Strategy, through the City of Sarasota Purchasing Division. The Scope of Services for this RFQ is available from Demandstar by calling (800) 711-1712 or by accessing Responses are due to the City of Sarasota Purchasing Division on 10/1/2019. Questions regarding…

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National Estuaries Week: Join Us for Oyster Reef Restoration Sept 21

August 22, 2019

September 14th – 21st marks the 31st National Estuaries Week highlighting the importance of estuaries and bays around the country. Estuaries are vibrant nurseries that provide food and shelter for small fish and other marine creatures. These unique ecosystems clean our air and water, protect us from storms, support our favorite recreational pastimes, and drive…

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Warm Temperatures Bring Cyanobacteria Blooms to Sarasota Bay

July 3, 2019

It’s hard not to notice some strange stuff surfacing in many areas around our bays this summer. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Algae Bloom Monitoring and Response team identified Lyngbya majuscula, a type of cyanobacterium, in many bays between Anna Maria Island and Venice in May and June. Many of those blooms are still…

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SBEP Grants $31,176 to 13 Projects for Environmental Restoration and Education

July 3, 2019

SBEP Bay Partners Grants support local, Bay-related environmental restoration and education projects. This year, SBEP received 20 grant applications with a total request of $52,989 for the 2019-2020 Bay Partners Grants Cycle. The SBEP Policy Board approved funding for 13 projects with a total award of $31,176. Applications for 2020 Bay Partners Grants are due on March…

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Join us at the Seagrass Survey – Saturday, June 15th

May 31, 2019

Join SBEP and Sarasota County for the 5th Annual Sarasota County Seagrass Survey and Festival at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on June 15th from 8am – 2pm. The Seagrass Survey is a FREE, citizen-science event that encourages community members to explore beautiful and mysterious seagrass habitats while increasing awareness of the economic, environmental, and aesthetic…

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January 26: Whitaker Bayou Healthy Communities and Waterways

January 3, 2019

Join the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, the Multicultural Health Institute, Orange Blossom Community Garden, the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Around the Bend Nature Tours, WayneAdventures, and Ringling College of Art + Design for a day of improving environmental and community health. A paddle and land cleanup of Whitaker Bayou and Dr. Martin Luther King,…

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Apply now for a 2019 Sarasota Bay Partners Grant

January 2, 2019

Grants support community stewardship of Sarasota Bay The Sarasota Bay Partners Grants Program promotes environmental education, awareness, community involvement, and stewardship to improve the overall quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. To support these goals, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program funds local projects that focus on Habitat Restoration and Bay-Related Environmental Education and Stewardship. Since…

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Open RFP: Update of the Sarasota Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

November 7, 2018

Request for Proposal – RFP # 19-0lBK Update of the Sarasota Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan The City of Sarasota will receive sealed solicitations in the Office of the Purchasing Manager, 1565 First Street, Room 205, Sarasota, FL 34236 prior to 2:30 PM on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from companies wishing to provide professional…

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2018-2019 Bay Wise Kayak Tours

October 26, 2018

Thanks for joining us for ten years of Bay Wise Kayak Tours! The mission of the Bay Wise Kayak Tours program is to introduce people to unique perspectives of Sarasota Bay and to encourage stewardship and understanding of the Bay’s natural resources. This year, we’re excited to sponsor several new trips to different Bay hotspots…

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Volunteers needed! Phillippi Estate Park cleanup October 20, 2018

October 17, 2018

Join us for a volunteer workday in Phillippi Estate Park on Saturday, October 20 from 9am to noon. Volunteers will help pick up trash and remove invasive plants from the park, which sits near the mouth of Phillippi Creek. Kayakers, canoers, and paddleboarders are welcome to bring their craft and launch from the park to…

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Fall Wildflower Festival and Native Plant Sale | October 13, 2018

October 5, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold their 18th Annual Fall Wildflower Festival & Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 13th at Sweet Bay Nursery located at 10824 Erie Road in Parrish.   Plants to be included in the sale include a large selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers for use in any garden. There…

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