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2018-2019 Bay Partners Grants Application Now Available

January 3, 2018

Applications for 2018-2019 Sarasota Bay Partners Grants are now available for organizations seeking funding for restoration and education projects that will benefit Sarasota Bay. Visit the Apply for a Grant page on our website for more information and links to the application. Applications are due at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 1, 2018 and applicants…

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Bay Guardians Remove 853lbs of Invasive Plants and Marine Debris

November 21, 2017

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s volunteer group, the Bay Guardians, put in a tremendous effort to remove trash and invasive plants from Quick Point Nature Preserve and the surrounding bay on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Forty volunteers from the community, including a youth group from Temple Emanu-El and three local SCUBA divers, donned work gloves or…

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2017-2018 Bay Wise Kayak Tours Season

November 20, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years of Bay Wise Kayak Tours Register for 2017-2018 Bay Wise Kayak Tours We believe that the best way to learn about Sarasota Bay is to experience it first-hand. That’s why we’ve been offering free educational kayak tours of Sarasota Bay since 2007. Going into our tenth year of Bay Wise Kayak Tours, we’re grateful…

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How Do Hurricanes Impact Estuaries?

October 31, 2017

Hurricanes and large storm events can bring extreme change and devastation to coastal habitats, like estuaries. Although damage varies greatly depending on the characteristics of the storm, below are some common ways estuaries are impacted: Estuary – A partly enclosed coastal body of water in which river water is mixed with seawater. More Water Hurricanes bring a lot…

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Bay Guardians Volunteer Season is Here!

October 30, 2017

Get ready to kick off a new season of Bay restoration! This year, we will be hosting family-friendly cleanups and restoration opportunities on and off the water. New dates will be added as we identify restoration and cleanup needs. Registration links will be added about one month before each workday. If you would like to be notified via…

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EPA Scientists Help SBEP With Tidal Creek Nutrient Study

August 1, 2017

U.S. EPA scientists setting up equipment for measuring dissolved oxygen in South Creek. During the week of July 10th, a team of scientists from the EPA Region 4 Science and Ecosystem Support Division in Athens, Georgia came to Sarasota to assist with the SBEP’s continued study of tidal creek water quality. Southwest Florida’s tidal creeks…

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King Tides Photo Contest – May 26th & 27th

May 10, 2017

We need help photographing King Tides in your area! On Friday, May 26th and Saturday, 27th, many coastal areas around the U.S. will experience King Tides, or extreme high tides. If you will be in Sarasota or Bradenton on either day, snap some photos for a chance to be featured on our website and win prizes. Photo…

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Grassy Point Preserve Boardwalk Complete

May 1, 2017

The newly constructed boardwalk at Grassy Point Preserve on Anna Maria Sound in Holmes Beach is now open to the public for low-impact recreation. The walking trail through the 34-acre preserve takes visitors through upland habitat with native plants such as sea oxeye daisy, seaside goldenrod, and buttonwood before meandering through mangrove wetlands on a…

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Working Toward a Climate-Ready Estuary

January 9, 2017

SBEP’s Climate Vulnerability Assessment The SBEP is working to understand how climate change could affect future watershed management by identifying potential risks to our goals of conserving water quality and habitat in the Sarasota Bay watershed. Within the vast scope of climate change impacts, we will specifically consider four stressors likely to occur in the…

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Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department’s Annual Photography Challenge!

January 9, 2017

Manatee County’s preserves offer visitors many wonderful opportunities to capture spectacular photographs and we would like to showcase these images during our annual Photography Challenge. Anyone that is interested in sharing their photos may submit up to ten (10) digitized entries for consideration in the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department’s 3rd annual Photography…

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Softening Shorelines at Bayfront Park

January 9, 2017

Did you know that over 80% of Sarasota Bay’s shorelines are hardened? Seawalls make living close to and enjoying the Bay easy and convenient. However, they have unintended consequences for wildlife and storm resilience because they eliminate the habitat and buffering functions of natural, vegetated shorelines. Softening some of Sarasota Bay’s more protected shorelines by…

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2017 Bay Partners Grants Applications Due March 3

January 9, 2017

SBEP funds environmental education and habitat restoration projects to improve the quality of Sarasota Bay. Application materials for this year’s Bay Partners Grants are now available on our website. Businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, academic institutions, government agencies, civic associations, religious organizations, and neighborhood/homeowners’ associations located in Sarasota and Manatee counties with projects that will benefit…

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Project Solicitation for Southwest Florida Regional Ecosystem Restoration Plan

September 29, 2016

The SBEP is soliciting proposals for restoration projects in the Sarasota Bay watershed to update the Southwest Florida Regional Ecosystem Restoration Plan. Eligible projects include those proposed by local and state governments, NGOs, and academic institutions within the geographic areas of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Please forward this announcement and documents linked below to any eligible…

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SBEP receives $288,000 for tidal creek study

September 12, 2016

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program was recently awarded a second Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Wetland Program Development Grant to continue their work on southwest Florida tidal creeks. Dr. Jay Leverone, SBEP staff scientist, will be leading this collaborative effort, which includes both Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor Estuary Programs as well as staff…

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SBEP to Deploy New Artificial Reef Habitat Modules in Sarasota Bay

September 12, 2016

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) will deploy new reef modules on three existing artificial reefs in Sarasota Bay during the week of September 12, 2016. The three reefs, Bayshore North, Bayshore South and White Key, are managed by Manatee County Natural Resources. Reef Innovations of Sarasota constructed the reef modules and will oversee their…

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Science at SBEP: F.I.S.H. Preserve Restored!

January 19, 2016

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program recently completed the restoration of nearly half of the Preserve through a cooperative funding agreement with SWFWMD and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, F.I.S.H. Restoration implemented by contracting firm Earthbalance resulted in more wetland acreage, improved tidal circulation, and the reestablishment of natural hydro-periods. The restoration also achieved the…

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