June 21, 2022
898 W. 11th St.
Panama City, FL 32401
Have your say about the bay - St. Andrew & St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program Public Input Workshop
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
This in-person workshop will be a time where the Estuary Program can learn from the public on what matters to them and help set the future direction of the Estuary Program.
To help provide for the long term protection of St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays, Bay County and Florida State University are partnering to establish an estuary program to provide a plan of action for these valuable resources.
Housed on the FSU Panama City campus, the St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program is modeled after the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, and is funded by The Nature Conservancy, Bay County, and Florida State University.
Like similar regional programs in Florida, the goal is to establish a sustainable community-driven estuary program. That first requires building community consensus to develop and implement a comprehensive conservation and management plan for the restoration and preservation of the area’s estuary system. The plan aims to align conservation with economic priorities and implement strategies to improve the bays and monitor outcomes. The plan will be informed by scientific research and will be adaptable and involve representatives from a broad range of stakeholder groups.