Managing Freshwater for the Future

Population growth and sea level rise are taxing the freshwater needs of the Rookery Bay estuary. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves designed a hydrologic model of the watershed to determine the impacts of potential land use and water management decisions. This project also generated freshwater management tools and resources that communities are using to better understand the freshwater flows needed to maintain estuarine health. (2016)

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Partners: City of Marco Island, Collier County, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Interflow Engineering, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Nova Southeastern University, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Florida Water Management District, Taylor Engineering