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Biologists on a Mission to Save SWFL Seagrass

Volunteers help to put the final touches on the Caloosahatchee Seagrass gardening project

Seagrass, which helps keep our water clean, is disappearing from Southwest Florida’s waterways. In effort to save SWFL’s shorelines, biologists are trying to replenish seagrass in our area.

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and the Calusa Waterkeeper are working with Johnson Engineering and Sea & Shoreline Aquatic Restoration to replant seagrasses in the tidal Caloosahatchee River.

With the helping hands of local residents and volunteers, biologists headed out to replant the Vallisneria Americana – aka Seagrass.

“Today we are transplanting Vallisneria Americana, a native submerged aquatic plant, back into the tidal Caloosahatchee River,” said Ryan Brushwood, a field biologist at Sea and Shoreline Aquatic Restoration.

“There’s nothing easier than getting grass to grow where it already is. There’s nothing harder than getting it to grow where it’s not,” said Carter Henne, the managing biologist.

Diving in head first with each plant and planting them one by one is a lot of effort.

“It just becomes a win-win. And a self-perpetuating project that gets bigger and bigger and only speeds up the restoration,” said Henne.

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