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Solar-Water Connection

July 16, 2018

Integrating solar energy into your life not only helps reduce the amount of fossil fuels you use, but it also saves water. Energy-related water use accounts for 40% of total annual freshwater withdrawals and 10% of freshwater consumption in the U.S. (Grubert, 2018). Although these numbers include hydroelectric power plants, which use water and return it,…

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Take the Sarasota Bay Opinion Poll

June 29, 2018

  We need your feedback! Take a quick poll about Sarasota Bay We’re crafting a new plan to better engage citizens in keeping Sarasota Bay healthy. Your input will help us create a strategy for public education and outreach on issues like water quality and wildlife habitat in Sarasota Bay. This strategy is part of an…

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Creating Habitat for Juvenile Gag Grouper With Sarasota Bay Artificial Reef Enhancements

May 3, 2018

Sarasota and Manatee Counties have excellent artificial reef programs that offer boaters, anglers and divers a bounty of recreational opportunities. And while many sportsmen take to the numerous offshore reefs to pursue these activities, a lesser known array of artificial reefs inside Sarasota Bay, in addition to providing these same opportunities, is quietly pursuing another, …

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Sea Sparkles in Sarasota Bay Spark Student Curiosity at New College of Florida

May 3, 2018

Emily Anne King is a New College of Florida student who is completing an internship with SBEP this semester for the course “Writing for Nonprofits.” A classmate approaches me, dripping and breathless, “Have you seen the bioluminescence at the Bay yet?” It’s that time of year again. My classmate is referring to the seasonal bloom…

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Join Us! 4th Annual Sarasota Bay Seagrass Survey and Festival

April 16, 2018

The 4th Annual Sarasota Bay Seagrass Survey and Festival is a free family-friendly celebration of Sarasota Bay. Join Sarasota County and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program from 11:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday, May 5 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236), just a quick walk from Mote Marine Laboratory on…

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New Report: Climate Vulnerability Assessment of CCMP

January 23, 2018

How could sea level rise, ocean acidification, and rising air and water temperatures impact water quality and wildlife habitat in the Sarasota Bay watershed? A new report, managed by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and authored by Shafer Consulting, aims to use scientific projections of climate change to predict potential impacts on community goals for…

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New Video! Preparing Sarasota Bay for Sea Level Rise

January 23, 2018

What challenges does sea level rise pose for restoring and managing Sarasota Bay? SBEP staff and partners appear in a new video about sea level rise impacts on Sarasota Bay. The video is intended for general audiences.

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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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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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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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