CBA – Coastal Dune Lakes & Co-existing

In early May of 2018, Eastern Lake in Walton County burst through a sand barrier. Water rushed through the newly created opening into the Gulf of Mexico, mixing the brown-hued currents of the lake with the bright green waves of the saltwater. Eastern Lake was experiencing an outfall event. Read more in the Seaside Times!…

CBA: May Field Trips

CBA organized and facilitated 20 field trips for 18 elementary schools in Okaloosa and Walton Counties to bring 3rd and 5th graders to the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay. A culmination of the year-long Grasses in Classes curriculum, the students planted smooth cordgrass they have raised since October of 2017 to create brand new living shorelines that both reduce…

Coastal Angler – Oyster Gardening

Jennifer McPeak, a Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) Oyster Gardener volunteer, showed me to her dock on a serene Destin bayou. The fall sunshine and clear blue sky had combined to create a beautiful morning, and mullet splashed in the shallows while a Great Blue Heron stalked prey among the reeds nearby. Kneeling carefully against the…