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Land-Based Sources of Pollution Focus Area

The Land-Based Sources of Pollution (LBSP) Focus Area was formed to address impacts to corals resulting from both point and non-point land-based sources of pollution. Point and non-point sources of pollution result in unintentional but very real stresses on coral reef ecosystem health. The goals of the projects in the Local Action Strategy for this focus area are to characterize the extent and condition of the coral reef tract and to quantify, characterize and prioritize the land-based sources of pollution that need to be addressed based on identified impacts to the reefs. Due to the research nature of many of the LBSP projects, the LBSP Area has works closely with the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative's (SEFCRI) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), constituted by leading research scientists in the fields of coral reef ecology, water quality, geology, chemistry and biology.

Goals and Objectives

The key goals and objectives of the LBSP Focus Area are to characterize the existing condition of the coral reef ecosystem; quantify and characterize the land-based sources of pollution; identify how these sources of pollution impact the coral reef; develop strategies to reduce the impact of land-based sources of pollution; and increase public awareness and understanding of the effects of land-based sources of pollution on water quality and coral reefs.

Project Examples

LBSP coordinators have been working to implement 33 projects over the years. These projects include the mapping of the coral reef tract and identification of the benthic habitats; a bio-marker study observing the impacts of pollution on coral reefs; identification and implementation of best management practices to limit pollution; studies to determine the source and extent of pollution originating from groundwater sources, outfall pipes, atmospheric sources and ocean inlets; and collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a pilot water quality monitoring project of the northern Florida Reef Tract.

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November 21, 2017 - 11:40am

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