Brookhouse Pond Project
Pelican Cove is a condominium community situated on 75 acres on Little Sarasota Bay and has 731 units with a population of approximately 1200 residents. Clower Creek, an impaired waterway, runs through the property and on into the bay, and two ponds flow directly into the creek. Restoration of the Brookhouse ponds and informative workshops and newspaper articles educated the residents about watershed BMPs, stormwater pollution, and how the health of our ponds directly impacts Little Sarasota Bay. During two events in the spring of 2008, fifty-three volunteers planted approximately 1600 aquatic and upland plants to improve water quality, reduce erosion and stormwater runoff, and improve wildlife habitat. A storm drain marking event was also held to mark drains in Pelican Cove and the nearby neighborhood. The project was funded in part by grants from Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and the Manasota Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
NEST Leader – Chuck Butterfield