At least 76 manatees died in 2022 after being struck by boats, data shows. A study done by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) looked at 10 years of Florida manatee necropsy reports to characterize and quantify watercraft-related scarring. The researchers found that one out of every four adult carcasses analyzed in their [...]

Thanks to Lambda Alpha International’s popular global webinar on Coastal Water Quality that aired on February 17th, the advice and successful experiences of some of the Suncoast’s leading experts and stakeholders working on water quality have now reached a world-wide audience. For those of you who may have missed this important event, we are providing [...]

The Healthy Pond Collaborative is delighted to announce the availability of The Healthy Ponds Guide, a homeowners guide to establishing and maintaining healthy stormwater ponds in Southwest Florida. The Guide was written by members of the University of Florida IFAS Sarasota, Manatee and Polk County Extensions, the Sarasota County Public Works, Environmental Stormwater Utility and [...]

You are personally invited to attend the 2023 Southwest Climate Summit on March 15th and 16th, 2023 at the Collaboratory (2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers, FL). This regional public event will gather experts, policymakers and the public to share knowledge, showcase resiliency efforts, engage leadership across sectors, and mobilize collaboration throughout the Central & Southwest [...]

START, as a partner in the Suncoast Urban ReForesters (SURF) along with the Florida Veterans for Common Sense and Sarasota Bay Rotary Club, presided over the successful installation of our fifth Microforest at the Heritage Harbour Community in Manatee County on January 18th. SURF is dedicated to planting Microforests throughout the Suncoast to improve coastal [...]

The Land Economies Society presents a new global programming series “Water and Land Economics”. A Coastal Water Quality Webinar will be held on Friday, February 17 from 12:00 – 1:30PM EST. Learn about global water challenges and how local programs are being successfully executed to prevent water contamination and to cleanse contaminations in the water. [...]

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