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Aquatic Preserve Program

Banana River Aquatic Preserve

"Although located in an urban area, the Banana River Aquatic Preserve offers many opportunities to view and experience the estuarine resources of the Indian River Lagoon system. Paddling the mangrove-lined backwaters of the Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach or walking the trails along the marsh at Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to Sykes Creek are just a few of the opportunities available to visit this natural treasure."

Bob Day, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve - Shoreline Alterations

The shorelines of conservation lands in Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve are susceptible to erosion for several reasons. For example, the northeast shoreline of Goat Island has been a site of considerable erosion for decades. Spoil material for a proposed development was deposited on the island in the 1950s, and a nearby boat channel produces wakes that erode the spoil from the island onto the submerged land. The constriction of a parallel channel by the old approach to the Goat Island Bridge on the island’s south shore also may contribute to increased scouring of the island’s north shore.


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