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  • Estuary = “Estero”

    The Significance of the Estero River for the Village of Estero

    Photo: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

  • Estero Bay Watershed

    Source: Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management, State of the Bay Update 2014

    Estero Bay Watershed: 360 square miles

    Estero River Basin: 66 square miles (45,000 acres)

    Estero River: Approximately 8 miles long

    Mean depth of 3.99 feet and a max depth of 12.06 feet (USF, 2013)

    Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve: 18,829 acres

    Caloosahatchee Watershed

    Pine Island Sound Matlacha Pass Watershed

  • Imperial Marsh Preserve

    Wild Turkey Strand Preserve

    To Estero River

    Headwaters Halfway Pond

  • (Source, South Lee County Watershed Plan Update, May 14, 2009)

    Flows

  • Estero River 1957, State Archives of FloridaSource: Estero Historical Society

    Historical Collection

    History

    source: FGCU Collection / Koreshan Source: Estero Historical Society Estero River, Circa 1900 “A Historical Geography of Southwest Florida Waterways , Vol. II

  • 1944 1953

    1998

    Pre-Development Conditions

    Courtesy: Lee County Natural Resources

  • 1953 Hydropatterns 2007 Hydropatterns

    What happens in the DRGR affects Estero River and Estero Bay

    Source: Kevin Erwin, Consulting Ecologist

  • (Source: USF, West-Central Florida Tidal Stream Assessment Study, p. 123)

    Vegetation

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  • Wildlife Listed Animal Species

    Gulf sturgeon roseate spoonbill American alligator loggerhead turtle common snook Atlantic green turtle leatherback eastern indigo snake little blue heron reddish egret snowy egret tri-colored heron hawksbill turtle white ibis

    Number of Known Native Species

    Mammals: 37 Birds: 135 Amphibians: 21 Reptiles: 56 Fish: 137

    peregrine falcon southeastern American kestrel gopher tortoise American oystercatcher bald eagle Kemp’s Ridley turtle wood stork brown pelican snail kite black skimmer least tern manatee Florida black bear

    Estero Bay Preserve State Park Unit Management Plan, FDEP, 2004

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  • Water Quality

    Source: Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management, State of the Bay Update 2014

    WATERBODY NAME: IMPAIRMENT: Estero River Dissolved Oxygen Estero River Fecal Coliform Estero River Marine Dissolved Oxygen Estero River Marine Mercury in Fish Tissue

    Source: Lee County Division of Natural Resources

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  • (Sources: SFWMD, 1999 and Lee County Natural Resources)

    Watershed Problems 1. Altered flows

    2. Increased nutrient and total suspended solids loading

    3. Lowered water tables

    4. Altered hydroperiods

    5. Loss of wetland, upland, and aquatic habitats

    6. Downstream Flooding

    Construction of roads, ditches, berms, canals, &coastal hardening

    Filling, dredging and draining of wetlands

    Conversion of natural habitats

    Lee County Community Development

    Source: Kevin Erwin

    Naples Daily News

  • Ifas.ufl.edu

    FWC

    Wikipedia

    Economic Significance TOURISM:

     5 million tourists to Lee County (2014); -contributed $2.87 billion

     Top reasons why tourists travel to Lee County: •Warm weather (87%) •Peaceful/relaxing (83%) •White sandy beaches (78%) •A safe destination (72%) •Clean, unspoiled environment (69%)

     Wildlife viewing – 2nd most popular outdoor activity in Florida.

     Tourism in the Estero Bay Watershed generates 18,974 jobs.

    REAL ESTATE VALUES:

     Consistent poor water quality in Lee County has suppressed property values by $541 million.

    (References: 2014 Annual Visitor Profile and Occupancy Analysis; FWC Economic Benefits of Wildlife viewing in Florida, 2011; National Park Service, Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails, and Greenway Corridors,1999; Florida Realtors ( 2015) The Impact on Water Quality on Florida’s Home Values; Weisskoff; (2011) An Economic Look at Lee County and Estero Bay Basin Conservation Lands: Acreage, Jobs, Value.)

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  • Trails and Parks

    Estero Bay Preserve State Park

    Estero River

    (Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection)

    Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve

  • References

    IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE. WITH THE WEAKENING OF STATE LAND PLANNING LAWS, MORE AUTHORITY, AND MORE RESPONSIBILITY, IS PLACED ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ENSURE THEIR