Save Crystal River partners with aquatic restoration experts, Sea & Shoreline to remove Lyngbya and detrital materials in Crystal River, starting with the successful pioneering Kings Bay Restoration Project.
Before the ecosystem can be restored, decades of decay and muck must be removed. Biologists remove the grime and clean down to the sand, removing nitrogen and phosphorous, which opens spring vents and creates a happy environment for planting seagrass.
Once the sandy bottom is cleared, varieties of seagrass including “Rockstar” and “Salty Dog” are planted, with protective cages to help them grow and flourish. This new seagrass is the primary food source for manatees and other sea life as well as a habitat for many fish, crabs and invertebrates.
Planting is not the finish line, but rather a starting point. Biologists return regularly to clean the cages and ensure the grass is growing. The canals are monitored and maintenance is performed on all the enclosed and exposed seagrass (or as it is scientifically referred to, “Submerged Aquatic Vegetation- SAV”)
Acres of canals cleaned (roughly 22 football fields!)
“Rockstar” and “Salty Dog” native grasses planted
Of phosphorous removed through specialized filtration
Million LBS of Lyngbya removed