Economic Value of Estuaries Rising as Climate Change Threatens Coastal Communities

By Daniel Hayden, President & CEO Since Restore America’s Estuaries published The Economic and Market Value of Coasts and Estuaries: What’s At Stake? in 2008 a lot has changed; providing grounds for optimism, concern, and a clear call to action.  For the most part, we have gone beyond a conversation…

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Florida Watershed Revitalized Thanks to Hard Work of Local Community

By Keep Pinellas Beautiful Our 2021 Restore America Estuaries grant proposal sought to revitalize the watershed along the Martin Luther King (MLK) corridor in South St. Petersburg, Florida. This urbanized area along the MLK Corridor is uniquely positioned between St. Petersburg’s largest freshwater water body, Lake Maggiore, and Tampa Bay.…

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Congress Recognizes National Estuaries Weeks Showing Bipartisan Support for our Coasts 

By Daniel Hayden and Naomi Hill   In 1988 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration founded National Estuaries Day to promote the importance and protection of estuaries. Since then, the national recognition of these vital ecosystems has grown into a week-long celebration.  National Estuaries Week is dedicated to engaging community members…

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Mississippi Inland Cleanup Program Takes to the Sea in Kayaks for Cleanup Efforts

By Jessi A. James, MSICP Program Coordinator Mississippi Inland Cleanup Program’s journey to organize a kayak cleanup for litter removal and prevention was nothing short of a challenge for the program coordinator. With what seemed like an abnormally rainy summer, it was incredibly difficult to schedule an engaging and enjoyable…

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Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Leads a Successful Crab Trap Closure Effort in the San Antonio Bay

Crab Trap Recap Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust In late February, GBRT joined in the annual effort to remove abandoned crab traps from the San Antonio Bay. Every year, typically starting on the third Friday in February, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, with the authority granted from Senate Bill 1410, administers…

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CLUE Project Implemented at Crescent Lake

By Jim Bays, President, SOUL Inc. Since 2007, the Friends of Crescent Lake (FOCL) have conducted monthly lake clean-ups and marsh restoration activities in Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg Florida. A key landscape feature of the Park, the lake now supports a productive marsh habitat and wildlife population as a…

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Volunteers Helped Southwest Louisiana Bounce Back from a Tough Hurricane Season

Louisiana Beach Rocked by Two Hurricanes is Ready for Nesting Birds This article originally appeared on Audubon Society’s blog.  By Katie B. Barnes, Coastal Stewardship Manager, Audubon Society  A few weeks ago, I was standing on Rutherford Beach in southwest Louisiana on a picture-perfect day—clear, blue skies, the sun shining,…

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Restore America’s Estuaries Supports Blue Carbon provisions in the FY21 Reconciliation Bill

By Daniel Hayden For more than a decade, RAE has been advocating for “Blue Carbon,” or the ability of coastal habitats to mitigate the effects of climate change through the sequestration and storage of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The FY21 Reconciliation Bill before Congress is a key opportunity…

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Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF) announces 2021 award recipients

The Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF) is a competitive grants program that supports projects which implement the water quality improvement, habitat restoration, applied research, and education priorities of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and its partners. TBEP and RAE encourage local and national contributions from the public and private…

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