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Water quality has improved substantially in the last 30 years in the northern part of Biscayne Bay in particular, and water quality generally meets or exceeds local, state and federal standards for recreational uses and propagation of fish and wildlife. However, past development, hydrologic changes, water management practices and adjacent land uses have contributed to loss of wetland and seagrass communities has contributed to physical and ecological changes in water quality. Biscayne Bay still receives a considerable amount of nutrients, trace metals, organic chemicals and particulates from storm water runoff, canal discharge, and other sources. Specific water and sediment quality related problems include turbidity, nutrients, sewage and contaminants. Other water quality concerns have to do with the quantity of fresh water received by Biscayne Bay currently from natural sheetflow, groundwater and inputs from tributaries - albeit often in the form of pulsed, point source discharges. Timing and distribution of this much needed freshwater also adds to water quality concerns.

Wading birds in a tidal creek

A newly created tidal creek being used by wood storks and other wading birds.


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Last updated: June 27, 2014

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