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Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve (MLAP) is in Volusia County, immediately north of Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. In contrast to the highly developed southern reaches of the Indian River Lagoon, the protected public areas of Mosquito Lagoon offer more than 20 miles of estuarine shoreline views interrupted only occasionally by man-made structures. The western shoreline near the City of Edgewater is also characterized by low-density development. Oak Hill, to the south of MLAP, is lined with fish camps, a vestige of by-gone eras. Conversely, the eastern barrier island, within the City of New Smyrna Beach, provides a horizon interrupted by towering residential high-rises along the beach and riverfront.

Volusia County is the 11th most populous county in Florida with a 19.6% growth in population from 1990-2000. Volusia County´┐Żs total population in 2006 was 505,700. New Smyrna Beach population in 2000 was 20,048 and is estimated to have increased to just under 23,000 by 2007. Based on the 2000 census survey data, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the 2005 population of the city of Edgewater at 21,132, a 13.2% increase in population in five years. Three major urban areas - Orlando, Daytona Beach and Brevard County each lie within 60 miles of MLAP.

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Rapid population growth and development in coastal regions of, Florida, and the resultant impacts on natural resources, are cause for concern. Loss of habitat has affected many species including those of economic and recreational importance. Shortages in groundwater supply, caused by expanding infrastructure developments, are stressing natural systems throughout the region. Stormwater runoff and associated nutrient discharges into Mosquito Lagoon negatively affect local water quality.









Last updated: April 06, 2015

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