The St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 citizens' group whose members are committed to the proper management of St.AndrewBay and adjoining bays, lakes, tributaries and wetlands. RMA recognizes that the St.AndrewBay system is BayCounty's most valuable natural resource, and that the bay plays a key role in the local economy.
The major objective of RMA is to ensure that future growth is properly managed to maintain the quality and productivity of the local estuarine system.
St. Andrew Bay Watch Hosts Volunteer Water Quality Training Workshop for Citizens and AMIkids PCMI Students
St. Andrew Bay Watch announces it will host a training workshop on February 9th for citizens that are interested in volunteering to help monitor water quality in St. Andrew Bay. The workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute, 200 E. Beach Drive, Panama City, FL. Space is limited, so please RSVP by e-mail to email@example.com, or by calling 850-763-4303.
St. Andrew Bay Watch has operated a successful community-based program that has monitored trends in water quality in the St. Andrew Bay watershed for 25 years. Trained “Citizen Scientists” volunteer to collect water samples once a month at 67 sites throughout St. Andrew Bay, Lake Powell, and other lakes and streams in the watershed.
St. Andrew Bay Watch partners with the University of Florida's LAKEWATCH Program and AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute to monitor water quality in our area. On February 9th, St. Andrew Bay Watch Director, Patrice Couch, and Florida LAKEWATCH Coordinator, David Watson, will provide an orientation and demonstration of the sampling techniques that are required to collect usable data. Participation in the program requires a monthly commitment to work with a team of people to collect water samples, record water chemistry data, and process water samples in the lab. Samples from 40 sites are sent to the LAKEWATCH lab in Gainesville, FL for evaluation of total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll. Data are used to better understand pollution sources in St. Andrew Bay and how water quality affects the biological resources of the bay, such as seagrasses, scallops, and oysters.
Because maintaining a healthy Bay is essential not just to wildlife, but to our economy and quality of life in Bay County, goals of the St. Andrew Bay Watch program are collection of credible data that will result in improved management of our waterways and aquatic resources, education of citizens about water quality issues, and promotion of community involvement through “Citizen Science” activities that increase watershed stewardship, restoration, and protection.
In addition, we are proud to announce a new partnership with the Sheraton Bay Point Resort as they host the "Save the Bay" Charity Golf Tournament on February 28th. Northwest Florida’s only Nicklaus Design Course will be the backdrop for the benefit tournament, which includes team prizes, raffles, and other competitions. The “Save the Bay” tournament concludes with a reception, dinner and evening of live entertainment. All proceeds from the Tournament benefit St. Andrew Bay Watch. For more information or reservations, please call (850) 236-6033, or visit www.baypointresorts.com. Click on the photo "Charity Golf Tournament".
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