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Aquatic Preserve Program

Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve - Water Quality

Improving degraded water quality in the Pensacola Bay Watershed is a main priority for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Much of the decline in habitat throughout, including seagrass, can be attributed to a reduction in water quality from decreased light penetration. The degradation in water quality can be attributed to several factors including point and non-point pollution sources impacting Blackwater and East bays.

Greenhouse and Nursery

The DEP Nursery currently consists of almost 5280 sq. ft. of greenhouse space and over 10,000 sq. ft. of production pad space under irrigation. Two heated quonset style greenhouses, 30' x 96' and 30' x 80', with roll-up sidewalls and a mist room with 288 sq. ft. of heated propagation bench space allow us to produce plants year round. The current holding capacity of the nursery is approximately 50,000 plants in four-inch containers at one time.

Project GreenShores

Project GreenShores is a multimillion dollar habitat restoration and creation project in downtown Pensacola along the urban shoreline of Pensacola Bay. This habitat restoration effort partners DEP's Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves with the city of Pensacola, Escambia County, the Ecosystem Restoration Support Organization, the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S.


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