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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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