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Protecting and restoring Florida's wetlands

From the Everglades to the Panhandle innovative wetlands restoration and protection projects are taking place.

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Choctawhatchee - St. Andrew Bay Watersheds

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A view from space of Choctawhatchee Bay. NASA

The Choctawhatchee River and Bay watershed, including the Pea River watershed, cover approximately 3.4 million acres of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama. The river discharges into the Choctawhatchee Bay estuary in the Gulf of Mexico. Both the river and its tributaries support abundant and diverse aquatic life. The watershed's coastal dune lakes are a distinctive feature of the Panhandle. Agricultural land use predominates in the northern portion of the watershed with increasing urban growth around Choctawhatchee Bay.

The St. Andrew Bay watershed, which covers about 750,000 acres, is the only major watershed in the Florida Panhandle that lies entirely in Florida. The region's seagrass communities are among the most extensive and diverse in the Panhandle. The Sand Hill Lakes region provides habitat for many rare and protected plant species as well as significant recharge for a number of springs.

Follow the links below to learn more about each watershed.

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