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Manatee County bringing even more habitat and fun to Robinson Preserve

June 11, 2020

Habitat restoration project managers juggle many priorities. One of those priorities is ensuring that the created habitat is useful for local wildlife. But which species? Threatened and endangered or economically important species often top the list. The restoration plan will change with the priority species. Gopher tortoises need different things than tarpon, for example. Then…

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Derek Marshall And MJ Ross Building Oyster Bars In Perico Bayou

Manatee County Parks & Rec Staff Step Up for Preserves During COVID-19

June 10, 2020

We asked our partners in the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department to tell us how their staff adapted to physical distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic while maintaining and enhancing Manatee County’s beautiful parks and preserves. Our hats are off to these staff for their impressive work. Thanks to Damon Moore, Division Manager of…

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2020 Hudson Bayou Restoration Sediment Sump Location

Hudson Bayou Restoration Awarded APWA Project of the Year

June 2, 2020

In January 2020, Sarasota County, with partners SBEP, City of Sarasota, and the Sarasota County School Board, and funding partner Southwest Florida Water Management District completed the Hudson Bayou In-Stream Restoration and Water Quality Improvements project. This initiative integrated multiple habitat and water quality improvement features into two main canals of Hudson Bayou located at…

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Contribute To Local Science as a Citizen Scientist

May 27, 2020

Looking for something to do around your yard or neighborhood over the next couple of weeks? Consider becoming a full fledged citizen scientist! All you need is a phone, your peepers, and the desire to discover. What is Citizen Science? Although the term citizen science is relatively new, amateur scientists and hobbyists have been observing…

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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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Cyanobacterium bloom at Blackburn Point Park.

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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