Surface water discharge and salinity monitoring of coastal estuaries in Everglades National Park, USA, in support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

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Discharge and salinity were measured along the southwest and the southeast coast of Florida in Everglades National Park (ENP) within several rivers and creeks from 1996 through 2008. Data were collected using hydro-acoustic instruments and continuous water-quality monitors at fixed monitoring stations. Water flowed through ENP within two distinct drainage basins; specifically, Shark Slough and Taylor Slough. Discharge to the southwest coast through Shark Slough was substantially larger than discharge to the southeast coast through Taylor Slough. Correlation analysis between coastal flows and regulated flows at water-management structures upstream from ENP suggests rainfall has a larger impact on discharge through Shark Slough than releases from the S-12 water management structures. In contrast, flow releases from water management structures upstream from Taylor Slough appear to be more closely related to discharge along the southeast coast. Salinity varied within a wide range (0 to 50 parts per thousand) along both coastlines. Periods of hypersalinity were greater along the southeast coast due to shallow compartmentalized basins within Florida Bay, which restrict circulation.

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Publication type Book
Publication Subtype Conference publication
Title Surface water discharge and salinity monitoring of coastal estuaries in Everglades National Park, USA, in support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Contributing office(s) Florida Integrated Science Center
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the 3rd International Perspective on Current & Future State of Water Resources & the Environment
Conference Title 3rd International Perspective on Current & Future State of Water Resources & the Environment
Conference Location Chennai, India
Conference Date 2010-01-05T00:00:00
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Everglades National Park;Florida Bay;Shark Slough;Taylor Slough
Online Only (Y/N) Y