Restore America’s Estuaries Blog


The ‘Napa Valley’ of oysters

With millions of acres of coastal waters, North Carolina recognizes the importance of shellfish to its economy, cultural heritage and environmental health – and it’s well on its way to becoming the ‘Napa Valley’ of oysters. The state has just become the first in the Southeast and the sixth in…

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After disaster, we keep moving on

My grandmother’s favorite saying was: “Life is an adventure, enjoy the surprises and keep going”.  Well that certainly rang true for the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resource Department’s National Estuaries Week (NEW) program, Rendezvous at Robinson Expansion. In conjunction with our partners Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Estuary…

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Creating partnerships for good

In his book Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek explores the biological wiring that helped drive humans to evolve and succeed over our long history. Humans learned to form groups to cooperate and support each other in confronting external threats together—whether saber-toothed tigers, scarce resources, or harsh weather. What does that…

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Cleaning up down south

On a sunny afternoon in Mississippi, 1,000 volunteers put their collective power to work by cleaning up nearly 37,000 pounds of trash from local watershed. Pearl Riverkeeper hosts the annual Pearl River Clean Sweep, an event that unites 15 Mississippi counties and two Louisiana parishes to clean up more than…

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Why Earth Day is important to me

One of the most important days for an environmentalist occurs later this month: Earth Day. Growing up, I always had a close connection to nature. My family came from the Midwest where farming and gardening were always important. I was fortunate enough to travel to Minnesota every summer where I’d…

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The secret is in the soil

When you look out across a salt marsh, what do you see? Perhaps you look to the water to see oyster beds and juvenile fish swimming-about. Or to the tall grassy marsh plants to see the many species of herons and other birds that find protection and food there. But when…

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