POLITICO: Florida Bay salinity levels down, but concerns remain

Politico: Written by Bruce Ritchie. August 7th, 2017.

TALLAHASSEE — Recent rainfall in South Florida has reduced salinity levels in Florida Bay amid concerns earlier this year that a drought could spark a summer sea grass die-off.

Months of drought in 2015 contributed to hypersalinity in Florida Bay that caused a 40,000 acre sea grass die-off, according to the National Park Service. During the 2017 legislative session, supporters of an Everglades water storage reservoir said the project is needed to help prevent future sea grass die-offs, an argument state water managers disputed.

Salinity levels over the past month have been going down, the South Florida Water Management District board was told last week. But those levels remain a cause for concern.

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