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Celebrate National Estuaries Day with SBEP!

Join SBEP and other local conservation organizations on Saturday, September 25, 9am-2pm at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park (2523 Coconut Ave., Sarasota) and engage in fun activites for the whole family while learning about ways to improve the health of your water resources and Sarasota Bay.  Organizations interested in having a booth at this special celebration event should contact or (941) 955-8085.

2010 International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 25, 8am-noon

Volunteers needed to join SBEP and Keep Sarasota Beautiful for the Coastal Cleanup at Whitaker Bayou.  To register contact the Sarasota County Call Center (941)-861-5000 and ask to sign up for the Coastal Cleanup at Whitaker Bayou.

Florida Native Plant Sale

Saturday, Oct. 9 , 9am-2pm at Longwood Run Park (off University Parkway in Sarasota), 6050 Longwood Run Blvd.  Sponsored by the Serenoa Chapter Florida Native Plant Society and SBEP this is an opportunity to buy native trees, shrubs, grasses, blooming wildflowers and more while learning about the benefits of planting beautiful Florida native plants. For more info call (941) 794-8773 or (941) 955-8085.

2010/2011 Bay Partners Grant Applications Now  Available -  Bay Partners Grants to promote environmental education, awareness, and stewardship that improve the overall quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries are now available.  Projects should focus on Bay Education, Bay Restoration or Bay-friendly Landscaping. Click here for more information and to download an application. Deadline for receipt of applications is 4:00pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Herald Tribune Guest Column - August 26, 2010

"Why scallop count is down " written by Dr. Jay Leverone, SBEP staff scientist.   Read more.

SBEP Selected as Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) Partner - THE US Environmental Protection Agency has selected SBEP to receive financial support in 2010 from its Climate Ready Estuaries program to move forward with climate ready adaptation planning. The SBEP received two types of support for the development of an adaptation plan and direct techinical assistance from an EPA contractor. Read more



Pooches for the Planet is now on Facebook!

Click here to become a fan. Order free Pooches for the Planet door hangers and rack cards (English and Spanish) for your neigborhood distribution and other valuable information and items by contacting or call (941) 981-9253.

SBEP Public Meetings (open to the public)

Monday, October 4th - Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting at 4:30pm at the Dan McClure Auditorium at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. For more info contact SBEP at 941-955-8085.


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Since 1989 the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and its partners have had a vision….a vision of a Sarasota Bay with clear waters and abundant habitat supporting a rich diversity of aquatic life…of people experiencing that abundance while soaking in its natural beauty….And a commitment through education to engage the community to become our partner in cultivating this vision of a healthy Sarasota Bay.

The waters of Sarasota Bay are home to a bountiful natural and cultural heritage that define our sense of place   A sense of place is the culture, heritage and diversity of a region. It is finding inspiration in the past, creating meaning for the present and planning for the future.

Gulf Coast Heritage Trail
Destination Spotlight

#36 - Cortez Commercial Fishing Village Built in the 1880s, this quaint community has preserved its local fishing heritage. Offers walking tours and restaurant.  Learn more.

The preservation of Sarasota Bay and its natural resources is inextricably linked to the economic drivers of our community and our quality of life. Connecting partners and creating relationships to preserve Sarasota Bay and its natural and cultural heritage has never been more critical.

Our Partners

We offer special thanks to our partners: Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest Florida Water Management District and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and Partners win 1st Place Gulf Guardian Award

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SBEP and its partners have been awarded a first place Gulf Guardian Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the significant return of seagrasses to Sarasota Bay. Read more

What Is an Estuary?

Estuaries are places where freshwater mixes with salty water from the sea. Teeming with life, our nation’s estuaries provide vital habitats for 80 percent of the world’s fish and shellfish species.

Estuaries are one of our nation’s most valuable natural resources, creating more food per acre than the richest farmland. Click here to learn more about the National Estuary Programs.


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