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


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


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.


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.

Crystal River’s Invasive Aquatic Plants

By |July 7th, 2021|Categories: Below the Water Line, News, Science|

Florida is known for its beautiful waterways and marshlands, so invasive aquatic plants are particularly threatening to Florida’s environment. In Crystal River, there are four main invasive aquatic plants: water hyacinth, water lettuce, hydrilla, and lyngbya.

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Venomous Snakes in Crystal River

By |June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Below the Water Line, News|

Crystal River is known for its unique wildlife and picturesque sawgrass prairies. Some wildlife, like the manatees, can be safely observed up close, but other wildlife, like gators or snakes, should be observed from a safe distance. Many snakes inhabit the sawgrasses and can swim through water. Some are harmless, but some are deadly. In this post I’ll give you a rundown of the most common venomous snakes in Crystal River and how to avoid getting bitten.

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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