The Florida Wildlife Conversation Project

Leny Ocasio, Editor

Information taken directly from flyer:

FWC Project Descript + Meetings NCD

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is working with partners to restore
Warm Mineral Springs’ downstream run, which is considered the most important natural manatee
warm-water refuge along Florida’s southwest coast. Located in Sarasota County near the City of
North Port, this project will improve warm-water access and habitat quality for the more than 100
Florida manatees that have been documented using Warm Mineral Springs Creek as a refuge during
the winter months.
Historical and current land use, bank erosion, sedimentation and invasive plants are degrading the
quality of the creeks flowing from Warm Mineral Springs. The permitted project will include
removal of some sediments from the spring run and stabilization of creek banks.
While geographically distant from the Atlantic Coast Manatee Unusual Mortality Event (UME), this
collaborative project directly benefits the population of Florida manatees and their habitats.
• Improve manatee access to warm-water habitat
• Increase volume of manatee warm-water habitat
• Remove excessive sediment and restore natural creek depths
• Improve long-term bank stability
Project size: 6.06 acres of freshwater spring-fed creek
For more information, contact Maria Merrill at 850-528-1244 or [email protected]