Strategies to Protect the Apalachicola Estuary

by Steve Leitman, Florida Defenders of the, Environment, Quincy, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Apalachicola River basin and estuary lie in northwest Florida, and are unique and productive resources. In the early 1970s the ecological integrity of the basin was threatened on several fronts. Since then, efforts to protect the resource include understanding how the system functions, managing and protecting the basin which drives the estuary, controlling land use adjacent to the estuary and limiting the use and exploitation of estuarine resources. These efforts have had some success and the outlook is optimistic that the resource can be protected over the long term.

Subject Headings: Basins | Estuaries | Resource management | Rivers and streams | Systems management | Land use | Watersheds | Ecosystems | Florida | United States

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