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Florida DEP CAMA: Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve

Sponsoring Organization:  Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA): Southern portion of FL

Description:  Two Aquatic Preserves are named for Biscayne Bay. The first was founded in 1974 as the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve. Its boundaries include the inshore waters and natural waterways connected to Biscayne Bay from the Oleta River in the north to the Card Sound Road bridge between the mainland and northern Key Largo, with Biscayne National Park removed. This leaves two separate areas of state management; the northernmost area is bounded by the headwaters of the Oleta River south to Cape Florida on the east, and just south of Chicken Key and the Deering Estate on the west. The southernmost section begins just south of the Arsenicker Keys on the west and Broad Creek on the east and ends south of Little Card Sound (at the Card Sound Road bridge). The barrier islands of Miami Beach, Fisher Island, Virginia Key, and Key Biscayne form the eastern border of the northern section. The residential developments along the mainland shore and the Miami central business district form the western border. The construction of causeways and the Port of Miami and other dredged islands have subdivided the northern preserve into eight basins. Dredge and fill projects have altered the northern bay with channels too deep for seagrass growth. Despite the development that has taken place in the northern bay there still are areas with abundant seagrass beds and mangrove fringe forests in certain areas. State, county, and city parks provide a variety of access points and possible recreational activities within Biscayne Bay. Swimming, kayak rentals, historic tours, and picnicking are a few of the activities that visitors and residents can enjoy at Oleta River State Park, the Barnacle Historic State Park, and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in the northern part of the Aquatic Preserve. The southern part of the preserve consists of Card Sound and Little Card Sound, located between the southeast mainland of Florida and the northern end of Key Largo, in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. This

Web Site:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/biscayne/

Program Contact:  Marsha Colbert

Program Contact Email:  Marsha.colbert@dep.state.fl.us

Program Contact Web URL:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/biscayne/info.htm#Contact

Program Purpose:  The preserves are managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas. Major management issues involve the protection of the resources within the preserves in accordance with F.S. 258.397 and F.A.C. 18-18. In addition to monitoring and reviewing projects which may impact the resources of the preserves, efforts are also directed towards research and education. Monitoring activities within the preserve include an extensive water quality monitoring program and smaller benthic resources program administered by SFWMD and Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM).

Data Access Information:  See "South Florida Water Management District's" Biscayne Bay (BISC) Program Page. "DATA REQUEST FORM: http://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page?_pageid=2235,4688610&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL There is also an online form for requesting specific site information http://my.sfwmd.gov/mapwq/sitestation.htm "

Data Access Policy:  SFWMD manages the data: "DBHYDRO is the South Florida Water Management District's corporate environmental database which stores hydrologic, meteorologic, hydrogeologic and water quality data. This database is the source of historical and up-to-date environmental data for the 16-county region covered by the District. The DBHYDRO Browser allows you to search DBHYDRO, using one or more criteria, and to generate a summary of the data from the available period of record. You can then select data sets of interest and have the time series data dynamically displayed on your screen in tables or graphs. You can also download data to your computer, for later use. "

Sampling Design:  Each of the BISC stations are monitored monthly for ions, nutrients, biological and bacteriological parameters. Monitoring also fulfills requirements for the following mandate/permits: 1) Biscayne Bay MFLs 2) Water Resources Development Act 2000 3) CERP Implementation 4) Water Reservations 5) Clean Water Act (TMDL's) and 6) Biscayne Bay SWIM Plan . The data collected from BISC are included in SFCWQMN reports compiled by FIU as well as the SF Environmental Report.

Data Collection Area Name:  Biscayne Bay

Data Collection Area Description:  Map https://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page?_pageid=2954,19761104&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&PROJECTID=Biscayne%20Bay%20Monitoring

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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