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Committed to conserve, protect, and restore,

Florida’s distinctive natural resources and quality of life

for current and future generations.

Citrus County, Florida

Seven rivers, a vast network of lakes and springs, the Gulf of Mexico, Kings Bay, and the Cross Florida Barge Canal.  

Conserving, Protecting, and Restoring Florida’s waters is not only our goal, it is our obligation. 

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This is a restored area.  In 2015, it was a dead zone. See before and after (May 2018) below.

Manatee Grazing eelgrass
lyngbya filled canalManatee Grazing eelgrass

SUPPORTERS ARE SAYING

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 Elect, 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, 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 Eelgrass. 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
Mike Gudis

The cleaning of Kings Bay was talked about for several years, but it took a group: Save Crystal River, and the City of Crystal River to get the State of Florida to get on board. Senator Simpson was the state official who made sure we got funding for this very successful project. It was people working together that made it happen.

Mike Gudis, Councilman, City of Crystal River, Florida
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

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.

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