Types of Wetlands Problems Solutions Shoreline Protection Landscape Design Natives Invasive Plants Wetland Plants -Shore -Salt -Flood Maintenance. On the Waterfront. Author: Rebecca McNair Edited by: Allison Steele.
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2,276 miles tidal shoreline
663 miles of coastal beaches
Over 7,700 freshwater lakes
Living on the waterfront is a privilege and a responsibility
Regardless of the type of waterfront property you own, you can help preserve Florida’s natural resources through:
Native limestone placed along the shoreline offers a home to local wildlife.
Thermal pollution (hot water) threatens the health of fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Seek expert advice to modify seawalls!
A carefully designed Florida Yard can be beautiful and environmentally friendly:
Coral Porterweed Stachytarpheta speciosa
Apply no fertilizers or pesticides past the buffer zone
The extensive root systems of Sea Oat holds sand particles in place.
Sea Oat Uniola paniculata
(USDA Zone 7-11)
Blackrush (USDA Zone 7-11)Juncus roemerianus
(USDA Zone 10B-11)
Black MangroveAvicennia germinans
Sawgrass (USDA Zone 8-11)Cladium jamaicense
Sea Oxeye Daisy(USDA Zone 10A-11)Borrichia frutescens
Cordgrass(USDA Zone 8-11)Spartina spp.
Seashore Paspalum(USDA Zone 8) Paspalum vaginatum (Swartz)
Softstem Bullrush(USDA Zone 7-10) Scirpus tabernaemontani
Wild Rice(USDA Zone 8-11)Zizaniopsis milacea
Pickerelweed (USDA Zone 7-11)Pontederia cordata
Pond Apple (USDA Zone 9b-11)Annona glabra
Paurotis Palm (USDA Zone 9b-11)Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Cypress (USDA Zone 7-10B)Taxodium spp.
Hydrilla Hydrilla verticillata
Chinese TallowSapium sebiferum
Water LettucePistia stratioites
Water HyacinthEichhornia crassipes
A low maintenance approach to landscaping can save time, money and precious natural resources. This may be achieved through proper:
Excess fertilizers or fertilizers applied improperly may run off our yards into waterways or leach into groundwater.
Clean up oil spills and leaks with cat litter
Pick up after pets
Sweep grass clippings and soil back onto lawns
Because water can wash off our yards, it is important to reduce the amount of pollutants on our property.
FE 207: Florida’s Water: Supply, Use and Public Policy
WEC 4: Introduction to Aquascaping
SL 143: How Contaminants Reach Groundwater
FRE 256: Handbook of Florida’s Water Regulations: Activities in Wetlands
The following presentation was made possible through a grant from FL DEP and EPA. Special thanks to the following reviewers for their valued contributions:
FL114 ELM Design Team and the FYN Subcommittee
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, UF
Agriculture Education and Communication Department
Environmental Horticulture Department
Entomology and Nematology Department
Soil and Water Sciences Department
Florida Cooperative Extension Service in: Alachua, Broward, Clay, Hillsborough, Lake, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas, Sarasota, and Volusia Counties
Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence
The Center For Wetlands, UF
United States Department of Agriculture
FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences: Division of Plant Industry