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MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle
Three large metal cages protect eelgrass from marine life in Hunter’s Cove in Crystal River. The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s pilot-project aims to establish lush eelgrass along the floor of King’s Bay. The vegetation provides a critical, natural filtering system that improves water clarity and water quality.
Command over nature

For almost 25 years, a form of toxic algae-like material called Lyngbya has slowly been displacing the natural grasses of King’s Bay and mucking up the once-

pristine waters. Concerned members of the public and private sectors have banded together to stop the invasion, restore the bay and ensure that the economic well-being of the Crystal River area will continue for many more decades.

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