Between City Island and Lido Key, the bayou is rich in seagrass and manatees. A refuge has been established to ensure a place for these protected marine mammals to eat and rest. The bayou prohibits any entry by the public, except for neighboring homeowners. An exemption from the protective slow-speed zone in adjacent waters was allowed for the Ski-A-Rees water-skiing club who post manatee spotters during shows and practices. This bayou is included in the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, is an Outstanding Florida Water, and is a SWFWMD SWIM waterbody.
Bay Conditions Reports give a quick assessment of the water quality in a bay during a particular year by examining three important indicators of nutrient pollution: chlorophyll a, nitrogen and phosphorus.
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