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Aquatic Preserve Program

St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve - Water Quality

Water quality monitoring has increasingly become an important part of the aquatic preserve’s role in understanding the bay’s natural processes. Monitoring water quality allows researchers to document short-term variability and long-term changes in the status of the bay’s health and facilitates in implementing appropriate protection for waterways. The collected data can be used to gain a better understanding of how water quality is impacted and will help us understand the important role we play in water conservation.

St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve - Sustainable Public Use

St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve and the surrounding Panama City Beach area are an increasingly popular tourist destination, especially in the summer months. Sugar white sand beaches, lush seagrass beds and lots of other tourist attractions bring in visitors from near and far. In 2013, St. Andrews State Park was the fourth most visited state park in Florida with 893,102 visitors. Shell Island is an extremely popular beach, swimming and snorkeling destination for visitors and locals alike. St.


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