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Freshwater and Nutrient Fluxes to Coastal Waters of Everglades National Park - A Synthesis

June 26, 2006

Freshwater in the Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp drains south and southwest into coastal regions where it mixes with seawater to create the salinity gradients characteristic of productive estuarine and marine systems. Studies in Florida Bay have shown that over the last 100-200 years, salinity and seagrass distributions have fluctuated substantially in response to natural climatic cycles. The timing of this change coincides at least in part with the canal construction and landscape alterations in the Everglades that have altered the quantity, timing, distribution, and quality of surface water that flows south into the coastal waters. Federal and State agencies have undertaken a massive Everglades restoration project that will require changes in water management throughout the Everglades, and this will affect water flows to the coastal region. A major concern involves how changes in water flow could affect salinity and nutrient availability in coastal waters.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2006
Title Freshwater and Nutrient Fluxes to Coastal Waters of Everglades National Park - A Synthesis
DOI 10.3133/fs20063076
Authors Benjamin F. McPherson, Arturo E. Torres
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2006-3076
Index ID fs20063076
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Florida Science Center