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Committed to conserve, protect, and restore Florida’s distinctive natural resources and quality of life for future generations.

lyngbya filled canalAfter: Healthy eel grass thriving and feeding happy manatees Credit: Bree Lajoie/Fun2Dive

Before & After Restoration Efforts

RESTORE

Our Kings Bay Restoration Project is actively restoring acres of water habitat each year. Our goal: 92.4 acres restored by 2023.

PROTECT

We share how our marine ecosystem must be helped to thrive.  We support both marine life and the lives of people who share this resource.

ADVOCATE

We promote science-based approaches to improve Florida waters.  We lead efforts to optimize restoration, secure funding, and overcome obstacles to maintaining sustainable aquatic ecosystems.

EELGRASS EFFECT: Then & Now

By |October 12th, 2020|Categories: News, Progress|

Long gone are the days spent driving around the Bay to find a manatee.  Now we are looking for ones in clear water WITHOUT other boats near them.  We can’t remember the last time that a tour struck out finding manatees to swim with.  We’ve become spoiled.

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Seasonal Changes Produce Healthier Eelgrass Beds in Kings Bay

By |October 10th, 2020|Categories: News, Progress, Science|

If you have swam, boated, or paddled around Kings Bay this winter, you have probably seen an unusual amount of eelgrass blades floating throughout the canals. A closer look may have even revealed that some of the robust eelgrass beds you have grown accustomed to seeing might be looking a little thinner than usual.  No need for concern!

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Why has Crystal River Become Saltier?

By |August 18th, 2020|Categories: Below the Water Line, News|

The salinity levels of Crystal River have been rising the past few years largely due to two main factors: acid rain and fertilizer runoff. Acid rain dissolves harmful salts found in concrete, which raise the salinity of freshwater sources, and fertilizer contains many salts which, when over used, can be washed by rain into nearby waterways.

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The Word Around Town

Representative Ralph Massullo MD

Save Crystal River has been instrumental in raising awareness on improving our water quality and keeping our community winsome for our residents and visitors. We are blessed to have them working with us.

Ralph Massullo, MD District 34 Representative, State of Florida
Jeff Kinnard

This process of vacuum, clean, plant, and protect is a proven success.The return of grass beds, many species of fish, and the lyngbya-free oxygenated water that attracts them, is an environment that will yield dividends for Citrus County and it’s residents for decades to come.

Jeff Kinnard, D.C. Citrus County Commissioner, Florida
Joe Meek Crystal River Mayor Elect

Save Crystal River’s work is a cross between heavy construction and aquaculture.  It’s amazing what they are achieving and the difference it makes to our community.

Joe Meek, Mayor, City of Crystal River, Florida
Mayor Jim Farley

Save Crystal River provides an outstanding example of how a public-private partnership can accomplish much more than either could alone. This partnership is reclaiming Kings Bay one step at a time.

Jim Farley, Former Mayor, City of Crystal River, Florida
Pat Fitzpatrick

All I can say is WOW. I live on a portion of the Crystal River that has been very positively impacted by the work completed by SAVE CRYSTAL RIVER.  What was once covered in Lyngbya and sludge is now covered in Rock Star eel grass. The water has become much clearer and many different species of fish have returned. I will say it again WOW! Keep up the good work!

Pat Fitzpatrick, Councilman, City of Crystal River, FL
Robert Holmes

I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up on Kings Bay and see the changes happen over the years. This Project initiated by SCR is by far the single most improvement of the Nature Coast. I got to enjoy the water sports and fishing as a kid, and now my family can see what I was lucky enough to enjoy. Thank You SCR!

Robert Holmes, Councilman, City of Crystal River, FL
The work that Save Crystal River is doing in cleaning up our river is wholeheartedly supported by the Chamber. Restoring our waterways is not only the right thing to do from an environmental standpoint, but for economic reasons as well.
Josh Wooten, CEO, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, Florida

Save Crystal River Supporters