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