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Two recent cleanups a boon to local watersheds

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Raising consciousness about clean, healthy, living water is fundamental to making our community a better place.

On September, 24th, Rising Tide International conducted a cleanup of Phillippi Creek, with dozens of volunteers paddling kayaks around the mangrove tunnels and near the mouth of Phillippi Creek to remove accumulated plastic and other debris from the creek's large mangrove forest.

On October 8th, the Friends of Red Bug Slough gathered for another cleanup of the Preserve on Saturday October 8, 2016. After their work during two previous cleanups, the property is pretty clean along the main trails, but the Friends still found plenty of trash in the lake and off the beaten paths.

Coming up at Red Bug Slough is an Air Potato Roundup, hosted by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and Around the Bend Nature Tours on November 5 at 9 a.m. Contact Darcy to sign up at (941) 955-8085 or email

Community involvement is essential to ensuring the continued health of Sarasota County's watersheds. If you would like to plan a cleanup or other watershed event in your neighborhood, please call the Sarasota County Contact Center and ask for the NEST coordinator: (941) 861-5000 or

Photos and more information about these two events are below: