The shallow waters of Brushy Bayou are completely protected by a forest of red mangrove trees. One can visit this small bayou by a short hiking trail or via the popular canoe and kayak trail. Marine life is abundant and Brushy Bayou may be the only place in the area to see sponges thriving. This waterbody is included in the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and is a SWFWMD SWIM waterbody.
Bay Conditions Reports give a quick assessment of the water quality in a bay during a particular year by examining three important indicators of nutrient pollution: chlorophyll a, nitrogen and phosphorus.
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