|Description of Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve
Jensen Beach to Jupiter
Inlet Aquatic Preserve is part of southeast Florida's Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The
Indian River Lagoon is an extensive ecosystem spanning two biogeographic zones
characterized by diverse land and water body formations. It possesses wide shallow lagoons
and narrow tidal creeks. The lagoon is bordered mostly by intertidal mangrove fringes and
salt marshes that are periodically sectioned by man-made mosquito impoundments and
residential development. Much of its open waters are dotted by oyster bars, clam beds and
spoil islands. The submerged lands are a mosaic of seagrass and algae beds, bare sandy
areas, and deep water sites. All of these features combine to create the most diverse
(species-rich) and productive estuary in North America.
Recreational uses include fishing, boating, and swimming. Agriculture and residential
communities use connecting canals for drainage. Mangroves, leatherfern, sawgrass, tidal
marsh and floodplain forest make up the primary plant communities along the riverfront.
The aquatic preserve contains fishes, turtles, birds, alligators, and manatees. The
adjacent Savannas Preserve State Park contains various natural communities such as pine
flatwoods and scrub.
August 12, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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