Water-Related News

New interactive story map explores District’s coastal wetlands work

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Part of the work of the St. Johns River Water Management District includes protecting, restoring and preserving natural systems, and supporting wetlands’ natural hydrologic and ecologic functions. One type of wetland — coastal wetlands — are among the most biologically productive environments on the earth.

The ecosystem services coastal wetlands provide — from supporting fisheries to capturing carbon — yield far-reaching benefits for people and the environment, such as providing habitat for wildlife, filtering out pollutants that can degrade water quality, and lessening impacts from severe weather.

Over 112,000 acres of coastal wetlands lie within the District, stretching from the salt marshes near the mouth of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville to the mangrove swamps of the Indian River Lagoon. District scientists are working with local, state and national partners to restore damaged coastal wetlands to ensure the persistence of these ecosystems and the many benefits they provide.

We’re excited to share our work to benefit wetlands in our new story map. Visit the following links to learn about these wetlands, explore District coastal wetlands restoration projects, understand the restoration process and learn about resilience efforts.