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Florida Governor's Nomination of the Lower St. Johns River Estuary to the National Estuary Program

The St. Johns River estuary is one of the most diverse and nationally importantestuaries in the country. The estuary is unquestionably being adversely impactedby the rapid development occurring in Florida. Public attention has been arousedbecause ulcerated fish are now common in the river, shellfish harvesting areashave been closed, a decline in sport fish production has been noticed and somereaches of the river have been closed to swimming or other contact recreation.Scientists have been concerned due to declines in water quality, increasedsedimentation, loss of submerged and emergent vegetation, reductions in theproductivity and diversity of wildlife, and loss of important habitats.

Publisher - Florida Department of State (FDOS)

Subjects - History, St. Johns River


Citation: Watkins B. 1992. Florida Governor's Nomination of the Lower St. Johns River Estuary to the National Estuary Program. Tallahassee (FL): Florida Legislature, Florida Department of State (FDOS). 169 pp.