To celebrate National Estuaries Week, CBA is teaming with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup to ensure swimmable, fishable, trash-free waters in our beautiful estuary. Choctawhatchee Bay is the center of our community whose economy depends on her beautiful waters and abundant marine life. We’re empowering volunteers to hit sites in their community where trash is overlooked or misplaced.
Whether you’re a fisherman, birder, paddleboarder, or restaurant owner, you understand the importance of our watershed. We welcome everyone in the Panhandle region to participate, as this will be a “Do-it-yourself” cleanup between September – October.
This is our Do-It-Yourself International Coastal Cleanup Kick off event. Jenna and AmeriCorps were out at Grayton Beach LIVE to show you how easy it is to have your own cleanup in your area. Register for your clean up and visit a local brewery to grab recycled grain bags for trash collection.
We asked our CBA heroes to send us pictures of themselves depicting their CBA “Hero Role.” Although our heroes are notoriously attention-shy, we managed to coerce some of them to send us pictures, so you can see how awesome they are! This is by no means a comprehensive list, this is just a sampling of the army of folks that help keep CBA’s mission alive. Join us now and be a hero, too!
Join CBA and be our hero! We need folks like you, who care about our environment, to help us enjoy swimmable, fishable, livable waterways now and into the future. You can join CBA as a sustaining member and keep our mission alive.
As part of our Annual Celebration, we are launching an online membership drive. There is a membership level for everyone, and you can give monthly or annually. During this membership drive, you can challenge your friends to join the movement and be a hero, too!
We depend on donors the way our watershed depends on a community of stewardship. Click on the Give Campus Campaign link below and be a hero for our waterways!
Highlighting heroes! This evening, as part of our Virtual Annual celebration, we would like to highlight our Adopt-A-Waterway Sponsors. These sponsors help us keep our water quality monitoring program going strong. Why does that matter? Having consistent, baseline data allows us to see trends in water quality over time so we can better focus efforts on pollution prevention. Thanks so much to Destin Water Users, South Walton Utility, Regional Utilities, and Barge Design Solutions! These local heroes understand that water quality is important to our quality of life here in our community. We salute you!
As part of our Virtual Annual Celebration, we would like to announce the winner of our Jerry Najarian “Heed the Call” Award for Volunteer excellence. And the winner is… Steve Young! Steve is a volunteer CBA Advisory Committee and Executive Committee member, a citizen scientist water quality monitor, and an oyster gardener. This year, when we asked him if he could continue to monitor water quality based from home through the shutdown times he said “yes”, and then volunteered to monitor extra stations! We appreciate all that Steve does for our organization and for local waterways. Keep an eye out for next week’s blog post at basinalliance.org to learn more about Steve and his service to our environment, as well the Jerry Najarian “Heed the Call” award.
Congratulations to our heroes at Pedego Electric Bikes 30A!Last year, the Medina family of Pedego Electric Bikes 30A pledged to give 5% of electric bike rentals to CBA to help care for our local waterways. This impressive commitment to stewardship wins this year’s Mike Flynt Bay Champion Award. This award is named for one of CBA’s founding members and is given each year to an organization or individual whose actions to conserve our local waterways go above and beyond expectation. Charlotte Flynt was on hand to present the award and represent the Flynt family. Keep an eye on out for more stories about Pedego Electric Bikes 30A and the Mike Flynt BAy Champion Award on this page and our website, basinalliance.org.If you see the Medinas be sure and thank them!
Shoreline Church is very pleased to announce the Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming for the 3rd year in a row. They are teaming up with Bote Boards and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to bring you a great evening of fly fishing and raffles while watching the film on the largest LED screen in the city.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door
Tickets can be purchased online OR in person at:
Bote Board locations in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or Seaside
Old Florida Outfitters in Watercolor
Orvis on Grand Blvd.