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Natural Resources of North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics

Ebb tide at St. Lucie Inlet
Photo: Chris Perry

  • Physical Characteristics
    The natural topography of the North Fork St. Lucie River watershed is flat with few rises, but has been extensively modified for navigation and flood control.
Canal

Photo: South Florida Water Management District

  • Hydrology
    Alteration and expansion of the historic watershed coupled with ecologically-degrading land use practices have set the stage for the impaired condition of the current watershed.
Riverine habitat
  • Natural Communities
    North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve contains mostly estuarine natural communities and those associated with estuaries.
Mangrove rivulus

Mangrove rivulus
Photo: Dr. Scott Taylor

Wildlife
  • Native Species
    North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve is teeming with temperate and tropical species that tolerate a wide salinity range, from fresh to estuarine.
  • Listed Species
    The preserve provides valuable habitat and protection for 22 animal and 11 plant species that are listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern.
  • Invasive and Problem Species
    Several non-native species (mostly fish) have been identified within and along the North Fork St. Lucie River.

 

 

 

Last updated: September 24, 2010

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