Bost moored off the coast of Florida
Preserving Our Coastal Waters
START Educates the public about Red Tide and our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
Oyster shell recycling
And Programs
Nutrients in the Waterway
That Reduce Nutrients
Fish kill from Red TIde
That Feed Red Tide
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Water Quality Funding Program

Excess nutrients in our waterways have brought us an increasing variety of algal blooms from green algae to lingering red tide that has harmed sea life and damaged the human shoreline experience.

Donate Now button to help us bring this exciting biological nutrient control program to the shores of Sarasota Bay
Help START preserve our coastal waters with our landmark water quality project at Bay Park on Sarasota Bay that includes:

  • Carbon-Life nutrient barrier that will filter over 8 Million gallons of stormwater from the site before it runs into the Bay in every one-inch rain event
  • Our award-winning GCORR Oyster Recycling Program where each oyster filters nutrients from 9 to 50 gallons of seawater a day in the park’s lagoon
  • Clam seeding with the Sarasota Bay Watch that also are very good water filterers
  • Under dock mini reefs that filter 30,000 gallons of water a day

DONATE NOW to help us bring this exciting biological nutrient control program to the shores of Sarasota Bay.

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What Does START Do?

What does START do to help reduce excess nutrients in our waterways? START has a three-pronged approach to help reduce excess nutrients including the Gulf Coast Oyster Recycling Program (GCORR) and clam seeding program.

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Dead fish in Canals from Red Tide

Let’s Do More

Join START, other organizations and concerned citizens to form a grass roots coalition to ensure that our federal, State and local policy makers take action to keep unwanted nutrients that feed red tide out of our waterways. To help, contact us now.

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Resources

Doing all you can to help preserve our coastal waters? Do you know how your lifestyle can impact the ocean's water quality? Do you know what to do when we have a red tide bloom? Learn more with START’s available educational resource materials.

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Headline News

With the growing concern about the high level of excess nutrients in our waterways, START is launching the Neighborhood Nutrient Watch (NNW) Program. The initial effort was inaugurated on Saturday, November 2nd via a partnership with Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team (NEST) and the initiative of the Las Palmas neighborhood. Looking to help restore [...]

In early November Governor Ron DeSantis announce the launch of ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov, the state’s first-ever comprehensive water quality dashboard. The dashboard, which can be accessed at www.ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov, provides real-time information on water restoration projects and water quality via an interactive state map. “Our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and our way [...]

Servings: 6 Total Time: 30 minutes Ingredients Nonstick aluminum foil 1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup green onions, sliced 12 oz peeled/deveined shrimp (thawed), tails off 1 (7.50-11.36-oz) package cheese-garlic biscuit mix 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 (10-oz) tub chilled crab and corn chowder (1 [...]

Current Conditions A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida. Additional details are provided below. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at at background to very low concentrations in Pinellas County, background concentrations in Manatee County, background to high concentrations in Sarasota County, medium to [...]

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