Championing the Well-Being of Sarasota Bay
We are a partner in helping to conserve the ecological well-being of the Sarasota Bay estuary. Our priority is working for solutions that will help Sarasota Bay and its surrounding communities adapt to climate change, create resiliency in shorelines and maintain and create habitat. We focus our efforts on climate change education, advocacy, and promoting adaptation strategies such as living shorelines and living seawalls.
We offer education to neighborhood groups and civic organizations on climate change and adaptation and what coastal residents can do in their own back yards to create more resilient and habitat-friendly shorelines. We have done presentations to the Sarasota Yacht Club, to residents of Lakewood Ranch and other communities. Please contact us is you are interested in learning more.
Jack Merriam is conducting on-line classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College. His class titles "Our Sarasota Environment - Dead Fish and Climate Change" runs from March 9th, 2021 through March 30th, 2021. This class will discuss This course will include discussions about current environmental issues in our area, some of the science behind. Among the issues we will examine include: water pollution and some of the sources, harmful algal blooms such as red tide, bay or sea-level rise, increasing rainfall, intensifying storms, coastal erosion, droughts, heatwaves, and other climate change impacts such as increasing rainfall, intensifying storms, coastal erosion, droughts, and heat waves.
Additionally Jack will be teaching "How to Reverse Climate Change Right Here, Right Now" starting March 10th through April 28th, 2021. This course will look in-depth at what each of us can do to reverse global warming, increase our resilience to climate impacts and pandemics, improve our local environment, save money, and stay safe. We will explore the positive and negative environmental impacts of the pandemic and how we can sustain and build on the positive. We will use the book Drawdown by Paul Hawken for our class, along with several others to explore solutions.
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Supporting community action
We partner with other local environmental groups to advocate for wise decision-making on issues that will impact the Sarasota Bay estuary, such as major development projects and shoreline and habitat enhancement.
The Sarasota Bay Foundation parterned with Mote Marine Laboratory's Fisheries Forum Subcommittee on Coastal Restoration, Sarasota County's Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team (NEST), University of Florida Sea Grant, and START - Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, to do an enhancement of Indian Beach Park that includes shoreline plantings to provide habitat and resilience. This project was completed February 17, 2019.
If you would like more information on what you can do to protect the bay and its watersheds, please contact us.