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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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