RECOVER:
2014 System Status Report
Northern Estuaries

The Northern Estuaries include the following estuaries:

Historically, natural freshwater discharges into these water bodies sustained an appropriate range of salinity conditions, which supported healthy plant and animal communities. However, freshwater inflows to all the Northern Estuaries have been altered from the pre-development state. The particular details of landscape changes in the contributing watersheds may be different, but the major results have been fairly consistent: in general, flows are more variable and extreme, with higher high flows and lower low flows. In estuarine receiving waters, this higher variability in freshwater inflow results in a concomitant increase in salinity variability and extremes that degrade and damage existing plant and animal communities.

Because the general effect of altered freshwater inflows on salinity in estuarine receiving waters is similar among the Northern Estuaries, so is the major hypothesized outcome of Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) implementation. The construction and operation of CERP projects will help regulate freshwater inflows, which will in-turn provide salinity envelopes that avoid damaging high and low salinity extremes (RECOVER 2007).

See the pdf of the complete Northern Estuaries chapter for more information.

Reference:

RECOVER. 2007. 2007 System Status Report. Restoration Coordination and Verification, c/o U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Jacksonville, FL, and South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL. November 2007.


Associated Reports:

Analysis of Oyster Metrics in the Caloosahatchee Estuary
Caloosahatchee River Estuary Oysters 2012 Annual Report
Northern Estuaries Benthic Mapping 2011 Report
Northern Estuaries (Eastern) Oysters 2008 Annual Report
Northern Estuaries (Eastern) Oysters 2010 Annual Report
Northern Estuaries (Eastern) Oysters 2013 Annual Report
Northern Estuaries Submerged Aquatic Vegetation 2011 Annual Report
Northern Estuaries Submerged Aquatic Vegetation 2012 Annual Report
Northern Estuaries Submerged Aquatic Vegetation 2013 Annual Report
St. Lucie Estuary and Southern Indian River Lagoon Benthic Macroinvertebrates 2010 Annual Report
St. Lucie Estuary and Southern Indian River Lagoon Benthic Macroinvertebrates 2011 Annual Report
St. Lucie Estuary and Southern Indian River Lagoon Benthic Macroinvertebrates 2012 Annual Report
St. Lucie Estuary and Southern Indian River Lagoon Benthic Macroinvertebrates 2013 Annual Report

 

Project Contacts:

Gretchen Ehlinger
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
gretchen.s.ehlinger@usace.army.mil

Peter Doering
South Florida Water Management District
pdoering@sfwmd.gov

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