"It’s humbling to see such a monumental change come from our citizens.”
City of Crystal River
City of Crystal River
Beneath the surface, Lyngbya and organic waste choke the seagrass and underwater landscapes. Through donations and government support, we are able to give wildlife and vegetation the opportunity to prosper again. Donations to Save Crystal River go directly to rehabilitation and removing the muck. Several species of eelgrass are carefully planted with protective cages (until they are rooted and flourish) to rehabilitate the waterways into thriving aquatic ecosystems for manatees, sea turtles and other creatures thanks to support from people like you.
Manatees eat 10-15% of their body weight every day. That’s 100-150 pounds of seagrass and other vegetation!
Manatees can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes while traveling the waterways. That is a whole Netflix episode!
Crystal River and Florida’s waterways have been damaged by human and environmental factors making the waters uninhabitable for sea life and undesirable for recreation.
We are on a mission to make Crystal River a beautiful and thriving home for sea life, our community, and visitors.
Join us in building a more beautiful tomorrow for generations to come!
Dedicated residents and business professionals came together with a single goal – to rehabilitate Florida’s waterways into thriving ecosystems. Work began in Kings Bay, where Lyngbya “algae” was choking underwater vegetation and leaving cloudy, slimy water where it once was turquoise and clear. As the community banded together to clear out the muck and rehabilitate the waters, it became obvious these efforts were needed elsewhere. In 2012, that dream became a reality and Save Crystal River was born, with the mission to restore and protect the beauty and health of Florida’s waterways for future generations.
See what others are saying about the results Save Crystal River has created in our community and beyond!
“It’s amazing what Save Crystal River is achieving and the difference it makes to our community.”
“Save Crystal River provides an outstanding example of how a public-private partnership can accomplish much more than either could alone.”