water quality

START Reorganizes

Due to the expansion of our water quality field operations, START is changing its organizational structure. Sandy Gilbert will move to Chairman of the Board to focus on fundraising, government relations and our media and communications program. Lonnie Ready becomes President in charge of administering our every day activities including our bivalve programs with oysters [...]

We were very pleased that the documentary film “Unfiltered” about the plight of oyster reefs around the world was selected for screening at the Sarasota Film Festival last week on April 29th. Produced by Chucha Barber and directed by Josh McLawhorn, “Unfiltered” shows the devastating impact of the loss of fresh water from the Georgia/Florida [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

During the month of January Governor Ron DeSantis announced funding for several environmental initiatives. On January 10th the Governor signed Executive Order 23-06 (Even More Now for Florida’s Environment). Key provisions of the order include directing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to: Secure $3.5 billion over the next four years for Everglades restoration and [...]

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