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Water quality sampling

Water Quality

Development and extensive alteration of the drainage basin poses threats to the water quality of Estero Bay. Staff are responding through water quality monitoring and exploring methods to reduce these risks. Water quality monitoring includes three continuous water quality monitoring stations and a volunteer water quality monitoring network.

Seagrass quad

Submerged Resources

Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve staff are working to advance the scientific understanding of the health of Estero Bay's submerged resources, particularly its seagrass beds. Staff are maintaining a seagrass monitoring program database, and collaborating with other groups collecting submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) data to stay informed, while continuing a seagrass monitoring program with surveys twice a year.

Pelican chicks

Wading and Diving Nesting Birds

Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve staff work to monitor and protect wading and diving bird rookeries through a regular monitoring program, habitat restoration (such as exotic plant removals and monofilament line cleanups), and education programs.

View of Estero Island from the mainland

Coastal and Watershed Development

Since the 1950s, southwest Florida and Fort Myers have seen amazing growth and prosperity and have become premiere destinations for sun-seekers, investors and retirees. This has brought and will continue to bring a multitude of challenges to maintain a healthy environment for not only the local economy (of which a good segment is based on tourism), but also for the ecological health of area residents, and for the intrinsic value of southwest Florida habitats themselves.

Visitors examining seagrass

Public Use and Access

Tourism is one of the largest economic industries in Florida, and Lee County is no exception. Staff remain attentive to recreational activities within the aquatic preserve to identify and try to minimize potential resource/public use conflicts and to maintain high quality recreational opportunities.

Last updated: December 18, 2015

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