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Freshwater runoff and salinity distribution in the Loxahatchee River estuary, southeastern Florida, 1980-82

December 12, 2021

Freshwater mixed with seawater over a distance of 5 to 10 river miles in the Loxahatchee River estuary during a recent study. Large freshwater inflows vertically stratified the estuary and shifted the mixing zone seaward. In the northwest fork of the estuary, the saltwater-freshwater interface moved daily about 0.5 to 1.5 river miles as a result of tides, and annually about 3 to 5 miles as a result of seasonal changes in freshwater inflow. In the southwest fork, saltwater movement upstream was blocked by a gate and dam structure in Canal-18, 4.7 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean. Although Canal-18 discharged about one-third of the total freshwater tributary inflow to the estuary, the effects of canal discharge on salinity were limited to relatively brief periods. Much of the time, no freshwater was discharged. (USGS)

Citation Information

Publication Year 1984
Title Freshwater runoff and salinity distribution in the Loxahatchee River estuary, southeastern Florida, 1980-82
DOI 10.3133/wri834244
Authors G.M. Russell, B.F. McPherson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series Number 83-4244
Index ID wri834244
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center