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Homosassa River

Highlights SWIM Program

  • Homosassa Springs is the headwaters of the Homosassa River and is known as the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
  • The park serves as a rehabilitation center and refuge for orphaned or injured manatees.
  • Located in Citrus County
  • 270-square-mile springshed

Challenges

The river has numerous canals and seawalls that have had a negative impact on water quality and habitat.

Strategies

Through cooperation with other government agencies, these challenges are met by:

  • Improving stormwater systems to remove sediment and debris from runoff
  • Revegetating with desirable submerged aquatic vegetation
  • Restoring wetland buffers using living shorelines and floating wetlands

Success indicators

Successful project implementation is indicated by:

  • Improved water quality
  • A decrease in nuisance plants and increases in desirable submerged aquatic vegetation

Future goals will be developed through an adaptive management process, always striving to help restore Florida’s natural ecosystems.

 
 
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