Sarasota Bay Estuary Program https://sarasotabay.org Restoring Sarasota Bay Since 1989 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:47:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Grassy Point Preserve Boardwalk Complete https://sarasotabay.org/2017/05/grassy-point-preserve-boardwalk/ Mon, 01 May 2017 14:22:16 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=12813 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 newly-constructed...

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2017 Bay Partners Grants Applications Due March 3 https://sarasotabay.org/2017/01/2017-bay-partners-grants/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:20:41 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=9045 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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Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department’s Annual Photography Challenge! https://sarasotabay.org/2017/01/manatee-county-photography-challenge-2017/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:12:45 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=9040 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 https://sarasotabay.org/2017/01/softening-shorelines-bayfront-park/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:21:41 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=9036 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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Working Toward a Climate-Ready Estuary https://sarasotabay.org/2017/01/climate-ready-estuaries-update/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:14:30 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=9029 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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Project Solicitation for Southwest Florida Regional Ecosystem Restoration Plan https://sarasotabay.org/2016/09/auto-draft-5/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:47:23 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=8600 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 to Deploy New Artificial Reef Habitat Modules in Sarasota Bay https://sarasotabay.org/2016/09/reef-deployment-2/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:04:17 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=8540 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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SBEP receives $288,000 for tidal creek study https://sarasotabay.org/2016/09/auto-draft-7/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:29:38 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=8511 SBEP receives $288,000 for tidal creek study 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...

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SBEP Policy Board Meeting | September 16, 2016 https://sarasotabay.org/2016/09/pb2016-09-16/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:28:21 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=8535 The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s Policy Board will meet at 1:00 pm on September 16, 2016. The meeting will be held in the 9th floor conference room of the Manatee County Administration Center, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205. The meeting agenda may be downloaded here. This meeting is open to the public.

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SBEP awarded $288,000 for tidal creek study https://sarasotabay.org/2016/09/sbep-awarded-epa-wedp/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:31:54 +0000 https://sarasotabay.org/?p=8526 … 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...

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