Intern Research

Restoring subaquatic vegetation in the Caloosahatchee estuary

The Caloosahatchee estuary historically supported large beds of Vallisneria americana (tape grass), a freshwater macrophyte with a low tolerance for salt.

Successful restoration of subaquatic vegetation beds in the Caloosahatchee estuary will help improve water quality in the estuary, reduce erosion and provide habitat for fish species, making these projects important for the health of the estuary.