Watch Out for Manatees

2019 was a bad year for manatees in Florida. According to preliminary data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, boat strikes have killed 136 manatees. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates that at least two – thirds of all Manatees have at one time experienced a boat strike. This despite [...]

As many of you know, the 2020 Florida Legislative session is now under way. START is focused on the important water quality bills described below. To express your support or concerns about these bills, contact us at for a list of the Legislators who are working on them. The following water quality bills are [...]

Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced an agreement for the acquisition of 20,000 acres of critical Everglade wetlands. This purchase would be the largest wetland acquisition in a decade and would permanently save the land from oil drilling. The Everglades are a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of Florida. The two million [...]

In December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in a press release, that they with partners were launching “Mission: Iconic Reefs”, a groundbreaking Florida Key Coral Reef restoration effort. The project, calls for restoring nearly three million square feet of the Florida Reef Tract, about the size of 52 football fields, one of the [...]

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