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Presentation Explains SBEP Programs, Projects and Priorities

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Area schools, social service groups and other businesses and clubs can learn about the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) mission and programs by inviting SBEP to present its Power Point presentation. Inquires are welcome at

SBEP is dedicated to restoring Sarasota Bay by improving water quality, increasing habitat and enhancing the bay’s natural resources. Working with its local government partners in Sarasota and Manatee County, SBEP has supported efforts to restore the bay’s vital ecosystem for 26 years.

The presentation covers the history, progress and challenges involved with the SBEP mission and its ongoing collaboration with Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. It also focuses on local issues such as stormwater pollution and the loss of habitat including seagrass and hard bottom substrate.

The SBEP public outreach programs showcased in the presentation include the Bay Partners Grant Program, Bay Wise Kayak Tour Program, Bay Guardians Volunteer Program, PIER Environmental Education Program, Blue Dolphin Awards Program, and the Creative Expression Photo and Art Gallery. The Sarasota Bay Water Festival is also promoted.

A two-year Economic Valuation Study of Sarasota Bay funded and managed by SBEP found the total value of Sarasota Bay to be $11.8 Billon. The study results were released in early 2014. According to the study, 21,000 jobs representing $731 Million in earnings had a direct or indirect connection to Sarasota Bay.