The Peace and Withlacoochee Rivers are large blackwater rivers in peninsular Florida. Both watersheds have experienced high levels of habitat degradation due to urbanization, agriculture, mining and altered flow regimes. Scientists with the Freshwater Plants research project are conducting threats assessments on these systems. This project involves identifying and scoring areas of habitat degradation throughout the riparian corridor of navigable portions within each watershed, using a rapid assessment methodology developed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Data collected will be used to develop a prioritized restoration plan for each watershed.
FWC photo by Greg Knothe