May 2024 Newsletter

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May 2024 Newsletter

 

Highlights:

Dapis Blooms (Lyngbya) Stinking Our Shores

It's that time of year again. For the past five years, Suncoast Waterkeeper has been monitoring an increasingly pervasive bloom of the cyanobacteria once known as Lyngbya but recently reclassified as Dapis pleousa. Dapis blooms in shallow subtropical and tropical marine and estuarine waters. The algae starts at the bay bottom, attaching to seagrass and other structures before floating to the top. Once it starts decomposing at the surface, the bloom emits a foul sewage odor that poses a risk to humans and animals alike.


Unfortunately, there's limited research on Dapis pleousa. However, previous studies on its former classification, Lyngbya spp., can help shed some light on this harmful algal species. First, like all algae, it needs three key ingredients to bloom – sunlight, warm temperatures, and nutrients. A compilation of studies on Lyngbya published in 2009 reveals that Lyngbya can grow bigger with increased nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron input. This alga can also utilize nitrogen from the air as a nutrient, but it requires ample iron for this process. The authors suggest that rapid coastal development, boating, and groundwater are likely sources of nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron contributing to the bloom.

For over 100 years, Lyngbya in the marine and estuarine environment has been known to cause human health issues. Health problems were first documented in Hawaii in 1958 with swimmers getting itchy and later forming blisters in sensitive areas after exposure. Research has shown no difference in health outcomes whether a person is exposed to the bloom over minutes or hours. Many exposed people developed skin irritation that took days to weeks to clear up. One doesn’t even need to go into the water to be exposed to the toxins emitted by this harmful algae. In fact, walking along the beach where these algae are stacked up has been shown to lead to respiratory, eye, and throat irritation.

Lynbya produces over 70 toxins, two of which have been the most studied and are linked to skin problems. Additional ailments documented from exposure include eye irritation, headache, and gastrointestinal issues that contribute to nausea. Unfortunately, marine animals like the beloved sea turtles have also been found to experience negative health effects from exposure. Green sea turtles have been inflicted by fibropapillomatosis, one of the leading causes of mortality among juvenile sea turtles in some areas of Florida.

Dapis has many similarities with Red Tides. Both harmful algae have increased intensity and severity with an influx of nutrient pollution. Both algae pose significant threats to humans and animals. Dapis, specifically, has been noted as the potential cause of a detrimental shift in the estuarine ecosystem from a seagrass-dominated system to one that is dominated by algae.

What's being done to control these harmful algae? What management actions are in place to reduce nutrient runoff into coastal waters? Unfortunately, there has been a rollback in wetland and buffer protections in Manatee County, where the bloom is particularly severe. Moreover, there has been a recent nationwide rollback in wetland protections. There is really only 1 of the 3 ingredients – sunlight, warm temperatures, and nutrients – that we can control over a relatively short time frame. Seeking to reduce nutrients by ensuring wastewater treatment plants are not spilling into Manatee River, fertilizer and reclaimed water inputs to the landscape are reduced, and continuing to monitor the safe closure of Piney Point are critical for reducing the size and intensity of Dapis pleousa blooms in southern Tampa Bay and northern Sarasota Bay. Thus, rolling back local, state, and federal protections will only exacerbate the size and intensity of these blooms, negatively impacting the coastal economy and human and wildlife health. It's time to recognize the implications of warmer waters with increased nutrients. It's time for us to act, to advocate for stronger protections, and to protect our coastal environments.

To see a compilation reel of Dapis blooms on the Suncoast, click here.

Sources:

Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms Degrade Ecosystems in Coastal Florida https://hab.whoi.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LYNGBYA_NEWSLETTER_FINAL_FINAL_66924.pdf

Arthur, K., Limpus, C., Balazs, G., Capper, A., Udy, J., Shaw, G., ... & Bennett, P. (2008). The exposure of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) to tumour promoting compounds produced by the cyanobacterium Lyngbya majuscula and their potential role in the aetiology of fibropapillomatosis. Harmful Algae, 7(1), 114-125.

Arthur, K. E., Paul, V. J., Paerl, H. W., O’Neil, J. M., Joyner, J., & Meickle, T. (2009). Effects of nutrient enrichment of the cyanobacterium Lyngbya sp. on growth, secondary metabolite concentration and feeding by the specialist grazer Stylocheilus striatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 394, 101-110.

Capper, A., Flewelling, L. J., & Arthur, K. (2013). Dietary exposure to harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins in the endangered manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) and green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in Florida, USA. Harmful Algae, 28, 1-9. 

Lang, M.W., Ingebritsen, J.C., Griffin, R.K. 2024. Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United Status 2009 to 2019. U.S. Department of the Interior; Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 43 pp.

Osborne, N. J., Webb, P. M., & Shaw, G. R. (2001). The toxins of Lyngbya majuscula and their human and ecological health effects. Environment International, 27(5), 381-392.

Paerl, H. W., Joyner, J. J., Joyner, A. R., Arthur, K., Paul, V., O’Neil, J. M., & Heil, C. A. (2008). Co-occurrence of dinoflagellate and cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms in southwest Florida coastal waters: dual nutrient (N and P) input controls. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 371, 143-153.

Rzymski, P., & Poniedziałek, B. (2012). Dermatotoxins synthesized by blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria). Advances in Dermatology and Allergology/Postępy Dermatologii i Alergologii, 29(1), 47-50

 


A Chance to Save Wetlands in Manatee County

Manatee County has a rare opportunity—again. Two major properties are available for land acquisition and preservation by the county and the state: Emerson Point Preserve Expansion and Rattlesnake Key. 

Earlier this year, Suncoast Waterkeeper tracked the Manatee Board of County Commissioners’ (BoCC) progress moving forward with purchasing Emerson Point Preserve Expansion, which would add on 97 acres to the pre-existing preserve. For awhile it seemed like the snag point was the appraisal value—the property owner asked for $4 million over a previous appraisal that discounted some of the property’s wider environmental benefits—but thankfully the County Commissioners rolled up their sleeves and negotiated an appraisal that better reflected the true value of the property. By pushing through this acquisition, the BoCC has preserved a piece of land that has been on the Florida Forever list for over 30 years and helped secure 40.4 acres of precious wetlands in a time when their protections are being rolled back and development seems to reign supreme. 

Now a similar opportunity is presenting itself, and on an even larger scale. Rattlesnake Key’s 671 acres of mangrove swamps and flatwoods provide habitat for a wide variety of important Florida animals such as manatees and birds. This piece of “Old Florida” has functioned as a de facto public park for anglers, boaters, and nature lovers for decades…and it’s for sale. As outlined in a Bradenton Herald article, the state has had $26 million earmarked for the purchase, with a $3 million contribution from Manatee County, but the efforts stalled after yet another low land appraisal. Like Emerson Point, the deal can be salvaged, but there’s a deadline coming fast. June 30th marks the end of the fiscal year for the state and thus, the end of the earmarked funds. 

What’s to come of this land if the funding expires? Well, right now the property is for sale to private buyers “as part of a $75 million, 1,000-acre real estate package” and while the current owners have voiced their preference to sell to the state and preserve the land, the sales brochure also suggests the land could be used for “private endeavors like a commercial marina, cruise ship terminal, resort hotel or an island estate home.” We hardly need to go into what a massive loss that would be—such private endeavors would mean the development of “some of the last natural lands left on the southeast shore of Tampa Bay.”

 


Don't Swim There! Is It Horse or Human Waste in the Water?

One of Suncoast Waterkeeper’s regular water quality monitoring programs investigates potentially harmful bacteria in waters around the Suncoast.  We monitor for enterococci (a fecal indicator bacteria) weekly at 11 bay locations and post those results to social media and our website. Our goal is to inform people on where it is safe to swim.  In Palma Sola Bay, north of the causeway, we have noticed regular high levels of enterococci in the water that we collect.  The levels we see indicate that for most of the year, Palma Sola Bay, north of the causeway, is unsafe for swimming.  Suncoast Waterkeeper has studied DNA in Palma Sola Bay water for over two years to find the source of the fecal indicator bacteria. 

Until recently, we partnered with Jonah Ventures to analyze DNA using a qualitative qPCR test. In seven tests for human DNA, only two, on September 9, 2021, and July 12, 2023, showed significant presence, indicating human fecal contamination. Three tests revealed high E. coli levels, but not from humans. Due to horseback riding tours, we asked Jonah Ventures to test for horse DNA three times. However, they missed our request twice, delaying the horse assay until several months later. Both delayed tests showed no horse DNA, but this could be due to the time gap between sampling and analysis. On the third request, on July 12, 2023, no horse DNA was found; however, significant human DNA was present, indicating human fecal contamination.

After a recommendation from Dave Tomasko, Director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, and with the support of a community member, we decided to switch things up. We moved from qualitative to quantitative measures of bacterial DNA, and the company LuminUltra was our go-to for this. On April 8, during a low tide, we collected samples at our Palma Sola site. The reports from LuminUltra were quite revealing. Both the water and sediment samples had detectable levels of horse DNA but no human DNA. This suggests that the high levels of enterococci we observed on April 8 came from horses. And yes, we did find visible evidence of horse dung floating in the water upon collection. Despite the tour operator's best efforts to clean up, horse waste was still present.  

What does all this data mean? There are at least two contributors to the fecal indicator bacteria we often observe during our weekly monitoring: humans and horses.  For now, the data is pointing to a human source during the rainy season, and other sources, including horses, during the dry season. However, the other sources contributing to high bacteria may include dog and bird feces or plant decomposition. 

Suncoast Waterkeeper has implemented a new, promising sampling protocol to better understand which source contributes more to the observed enterococci. This year, we began recording the amount of decaying plant matter at our site during water sample collection. Thanks to the support from the Mote Scientific Foundation, we'll also be able to conduct more quantitative DNA tests during the rainy season. These steps will help us explore other potential sources of contamination and provide a more comprehensive understanding of the situation. We're optimistic about the insights this will bring and will be sure to let you know about our progress and findings. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Want to support our Water Quality Monitoring Program? Click here.

 


Water Quality Trends

Suncoast Waterkeeper often receives inquiries about trends in local water quality and how our assessments compare to others who also evaluate the state of local waters. Unlike some assessments that examine a wide array of constituents, we primarily focus on two. Our main areas of focus are fecal indicator bacteria, which inform people about safe swimming conditions, and nitrogen, which helps identify sources of pollution leading to harmful algal blooms.

While other reports on water quality may delve into factors like the extent of seagrass, which is a valuable indicator of water quality, or emerging contaminants such as PFAS and microplastic pollution, our attention has remained on fecal indicator bacteria and nitrogen.

In the upcoming weeks, Suncoast Waterkeeper will publish our report card on these two water quality indicators. Our report card differs significantly from others that rely on indicators like seagrass extent. For instance, a waterbody like Palma Sola Bay might boast expansive seagrass beds but still exhibit high levels of fecal indicator bacteria, making it unsafe for swimming despite its supportive environment for seagrass growth.  Therefore, Palma Sola Bay can score high in one scorecard but low on another, depending on which water quality indicators are being examined.

It is important to also consider the state of Florida’s report on water quality.  The state puts all natural waters into classes, which all have distinct water quality criteria.   According to state standards, a waterbody is considered impaired or not meeting its designated use (it’s class), such as Class I drinkable or Class III recreational, if one or more water quality standards are not met. For these assessments, there are at least 71 water quality standards. However, it can be confusing because not all 71 standards are evaluated at the same frequency, and some constituents may never be assessed. For example, fecal indicator bacteria in Palma Sola Bay north of the causeway is not routinely assessed by the state and, therefore, hasn't been factored into recent evaluations of the bay's health. However, Suncoast Waterkeeper has been approved to include its fecal indicator bacteria data in the next state assessment, which is due in June.

 


Barrier Islands Move to Protect Mangroves

By Dr. Abbey Tyrna, Executive Director & Waterkeeper


Last month, Suncoast Waterkeeper delivered compelling messages to local decision-makers. At one meeting, the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting on April 17, I was invited to highlight the urgent plight of our local mangroves and advocate for the delegation to enforce the crucial 1996 Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act.

The sincerity of elected officials, acting in the genuine interest of their constituents, was a breath of fresh air. There was no political maneuvering or grandstanding—just a dedicated group of public servants hungry for insights into our local ecosystem's health and its looming threats.

What struck a chord was the shocking tale of the makeover at 111 Gull Drive on Anna Maria Island. The complete destruction of the original home and the historic mangrove fringe left everyone stunned. The kicker? It was all done within the bounds of the law—or lack thereof. The revelation hit hard: the state doesn't regulate mangroves in manmade waterways like canals.

This legal loophole rattled the Mayor of the Town of Longboat Key, who was rightly concerned about the 81 canals edging his barrier island. Each one represents a potential loss of vital ecosystems and their countless benefits. All officials present were eager to delve deeper into pursuing delegation and pooling resources to plug this regulatory gap.

From my perspective, this is the optimal scenario. Over the past year, Suncoast Waterkeeper has documented 18 mangrove violations in Manatee County alone—those are just the ones we've caught wind of. Countless others likely slip under the radar, escaping the notice of both our organization and the state. Regrettably, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection lacks the bandwidth to keep pace with enforcement demands. The onus thus falls squarely on local governments to safeguard our natural treasures.  If you live on one of the barrier islands, be sure to reach out to your elected official to thank them for their efforts to protect what truly makes the Suncoast a great place to live, work, and play.

 


State and National Water News:

Are PFAS In Your Drinking Water?

The U.S. EPA has adopted new Safe Drinking Water Act regulations for the first time in nearly three decades.  The contaminants required to be removed from the nation’s drinking water are a group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known collectively as PFAS.  PFAS are ubiquitous and have unwittingly become a part of daily lives.  The qualities that make them good additions to the materials also make them stick in our bodies and the environment forever, which is why they have also been dubbed the “forever chemicals”.  PFAS are widely used to suppress fire and prevent grease from leaking out of containers. They are most known for being the Teflon coating on our nonstick pans, but they can be found in many other daily-use items such as beauty products, floss, carpets, furniture, kids' pajamas, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, and more. If a material is grease or fire-resistant, then it is likely coated in PFAS.  Unfortunately, it has been long understood by the manufacturers of PFAS, Dupont, and 3M, that these chemicals are harmful to humans, creating thyroid disease, liver disease, and other health conditions.  Despite this knowledge, mass production ensued and we continue to be exposed regularly.  In addition to the new Safe Drinking Water limits, the federal government has laid out a cleanup roadmap and will begin assessing regulations for surface waters, groundwater, and wastewater.  

Suncoast Waterkeeper participated in a large statewide assessment of Florida’s drinking water by a University of Florida graduate student Thomas Sinkway and his major professor Dr. John Bowden.  Locally, we submitted 14 samples (3 from the City of Sarasota, 3 from the City of Venice, 3 from the City of North Port, 3 from Manatee County, and 2 from private wells in Manatee County and Sarasota County).  The results showed that at the time of sampling, March 2023, all drinking water had PFAS levels below the new standards.  However, one municipality stood out among the rest.  The City of North Port had levels below the new standard, but the total PFAS concentration was above the state average.  Suncoast Waterkeeper has reached out to the City of North Port Mayor with the data, but has not heard back.  Given the results of the investigation, we recommended minor but valuable improvements to safeguard the residents of the City of North Port.  We requested that the City install water filters that are third-party certified for removing PFOA and PFOS at athletic fields and parks.  Adding filters to city fountains will reduce exposure to these harmful contaminants for the children and families who visit the parks and athletic fields.  If you live in North Port, it is recommended that you seek out certified filters and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for how often to change the filters.

To see all the results of our March 23 sampling effort that highlights the newly regulated compounds click here.  In summary, the results show that municipalities relying on surface water sources for drinking have higher levels of PFAS than municipalities that utilize groundwater and subsequently, membrane filter technologies.  Research shows there is no safe level of PFOA and PFOS, yet these compounds were found at detectable levels in the City of North Port and Manatee County drinking water.  Furthermore, it is unclear at this time how much the mixture of PFAS found in our local drinking water may impact the health of the community. However, it is clear from our examination that the City of North Port has total PFAS levels that far exceed other local drinking water sources (specifically, private wells, Manatee County, the City of Sarasota, and the City of Venice) and much greater than the average (14.06 ppt) found in the study of 448 drinking water samples. 

If you have any questions or are interested in testing your drinking water, please email Dr. Abbey at [email protected].

To read the full published study, click here.

 


Clean Water Act: Waterkeeper Alliance Puts EPA On Notice

On May 2, 2024, the Environmental Integrity Project, Waterkeeper Alliance and Center for Biological Diversity sent a notice of intent to sue to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to implement a key requirement of the federal Clean Water Act: issuing national reports on water quality. The Clean Water Act of 1972 requires the EPA to report on the condition of America’s streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries at least once every two years. The last national water quality report was issued in 2017 - seven years ago. 

In addition to the notice, Suncoast Waterkeeper joined a broader national coalition of more than 50 clean water organizations in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to fix two other major problems. 

Here is a quick summary of the 3 issues detailed in the letter:

1) Overdue Water Quality Report

The Clean Water Act dictates that the EPA needs to issue a national water quality report at least every 2 years. This allows for the nation, proper agencies and organizations to evaluate the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act, to identify which water bodies need particular attention, and to track which pollution control strategies that are working. The EPA has let 7 years lapse between its last report and as a result, the serious changes in our local, state, and national waterways are being overlooked by the agency that holds the most power to implement nationwide strategies to offset pollution. Without this level of transparency and tracking, many waterways across the country remain “so polluted they are unsafe for boating, swimming and fishing (both commercial and recreational), or for use as a drinking water source”.

2) Outdated Technology-Based Pollution Limits

Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA is required to limit industrial discharges of toxins and certain other pollutants based on the best available pollution control technologies. In 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit clarified saying, “The Act therefore mandates a system in which, as available pollution control technologies advances, pollution discharge limits will tighten.” However, the EPA has failed to update pollution limits, in some cases for 30 to 50 years. We have seen firsthand the near lightspeed advancement of technology in the past decade, and when you take into consideration that some pollution standards are as old as the first CD player, it is clear that the pollution limits are in dire need of updating. Meanwhile, “major chemical plants, refineries, and other industrial facilities continue to discharge high volumes of nitrogen, phosphorus, salts, and chemical toxins that contribute to algae growth, endanger fish and other aquatic life, or limit the public’s use of river, lakes, and estuaries.”

3) Identify the Funding Needed and Currently Used to Fulfill EPA’s Clean Water Act Regulatory Responsibilities

The EPA’s annual budget proposal clearly presents the money spent on Clean Water Act grants to states, cities, universities, consortiums, partnerships, and other public and private organizations. However, the amounts reserved for the regulatory or deadline-driven tasks required of the EPA by the Clean Water Act, are not clear. “EPA’s budget request should clearly identify the funding that it needs to discharge its statutory mandates within the deadlines established by the Clean Water Act.”

As a signatory, Suncoast Waterkeeper is committed to holding accountable those that permit pollution to continue, including the EPA. It is our hope that with this public urging, the EPA will move to bring its regulatory efforts up to date and increase consistency and transparency in its reporting to the public. 

If you would like to read more details on this, below are links to the full documents:

Press Release 

Letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan

Policy Brief

 


Federal Agency Puts Out a Call to Action to Stop Wetland Loss

Every 15 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) publishes a report on the status and trends of the nation's wetlands over a ten-year period.  The 6th edition of the report was published on World Water Day, March 22, 2024, and examines wetland trends from 2009 to 2019.  The report documents significant losses to wetlands across the country, especially in the southeast U.S. and Florida.  When asked about the harmful impacts resulting from the documented loss of wetlands, FWS responded, “The substantial loss of wetlands documented by this study reduces the prosperity, health, and safety of communities through increased susceptibility of people and infrastructure to natural disasters like flood, drought, and wildfire, decreased food security, reduction in clean water, increased harmful algal blooms and related increases in toxins and oxygen-depleted “dead zones,” greater vulnerability to sea level rise and storms, and reduced recreational opportunities. The impacts of natural disasters, heightened by wetland loss, have been especially substantial.  Wetland loss also leads to declines in fish, wildlife, and plant populations, including rare, commercially important, and culturally valuable species.”  This warning is ringing true on the Suncoast where blooms that produce upwards of 70 toxins are fouling local waters.  Saving our wetlands is critical to our overall health and wellbeing.

Unfortunately, this report comes six months after the nationwide rollback of wetland protection that resulted from a Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency.  The decision required the EPA to no longer consider wetlands distinct from continuous flowing and permanent waters such as bays and lakes as Waters of the United States and, therefore, deserving protections under the Clean Water Act.  This decision flies in the face of decades of data on the importance of headwater and geographically isolated wetlands to the physical, biological, and chemical condition of downstream flowing and permanent waters.  Regardless of the science, wetlands not directly adjacent to rivers, lakes, and bays, like the Florida Everglades, are no longer considered Waters of the United States under these new guidelines.  Thankfully, much of the beloved Everglades are already preserved as federally protected parks, preserves, and wildlife management areas.  However, that same level of protection does not exist for all the swamps and marshes currently occupying a large portion of the Suncoast east of I-75.  These wetlands have been stripped of federal and state protections, which will lead to more significant losses and consequences for all.

There is some good news in all this bad news, though.  Organizations like Earth Justice, Center for Biological Diversity, Miami Waterkeeper, St. Johns Waterkeeper, Sierra Club and others, sued the EPA and FWS for delegating Florida the Clean Water Act wetland permitting program.  On February 16, 2024, the court decision sided with the environmental groups, striking down Florida’s program because it did not adequately consider the impacts of wetland permits on imperiled species required under the Endangered Species Act. Under the court’s new order, EPA, Florida, and those seeking permits to impact wetlands must use Endangered Species Act provisions to ensure that threatened and endangered species are protected in Clean Water Act permitting.  As a result of this decision, all permits to impact Florida wetlands are on hold, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must once again oversee Florida’s Clean Water Act wetland permitting program.

Given the current state of our wetlands, the need to strengthen local wetland protections has never been more urgent.  The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners' (minus Commissioner Kruse) claim that the state wetland permitting program was sufficient for protecting local wetlands is clearly misguided.  Our wetlands are facing unprecedented threats.  It's crucial that we take local action to protect these invaluable natural resources if we are to address the water quality crisis we're currently facing.

 


Love Your Bays Consciously Spotlight

Environmental Ambassadors

On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, six seniors at Booker High School were awarded a Certificate of Completion in recognition of their outstanding leadership on environmental justice issues, their tremendous fortitude toward serving the community, and their success toward completing the inaugural Environmental Ambassadors program.  The students received green cords and certificates during the Senior Awards Ceremony.  Suncoast Waterkeeper will work to raise money so that next year one or more deserving ambassadors can also receive a financial scholarship for continued education.

Giving Challenge

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such amazing supporters of Suncoast Waterkeeper during the 2024 Giving Challenge in April! Your generosity has touched us. You went above and beyond what we imagined, and your contributions have made an enormous difference. Together, we raised a total of $16,701! With matches from The Patterson Foundation and the support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, our grand total for the 2024 Giving Challenge reaches an incredible $30,501! This wouldn't have been possible without you, and we're deeply grateful for your support in protecting our precious waterways. Thank you from the entire Suncoast Waterkeeper team!

What's next? Safeguarding our local bays through the Love Your Bays Consciously campaign!  All the funds raised during the 2024 Giving Challenge will be directed to the Love Your Bays Consciously campaign.  We can't wait to step up our efforts to protect the waters that make the Suncoast a special place to live, work, and play.

A Call for Volunteers

Pollution Action Team: Suncoast Waterkeeper is putting together a new volunteer team called the Pollution Action Team (PAT).  PAT members will be trained on monitoring permits, documenting pollution, submitting pollution reports, and following up with enforcement officials.  PAT training will take place on World Oceans Day - Saturday, June 8 from 10 AM - 12 PM.  If you are interested in joining the PAT, please register here

Bradentucky Bombers Pop-up Event: The Bradentucky Bombers have selected Suncoast Waterkeeper as Charity Partner for their bout against Sugar Sands Roller Derby on June 8th, and we need your help selling raffle tickets! Anyone interested in helping sell raffle tickets at this pop-up event benefitting Suncoast Waterkeeper, please contact Samantha Wassmer at [email protected]. Tickets for the bout go on sale May 19th. 

 


 

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