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habitat for wildlife.
The population of the Choctawhatchee
is growing rapidly, and demands on the est
residential, recreational, and other con
quickly increasing. Management agencies a
in watershed management issues on a large
it also takes a sense of stewardship and act
individuals to ensure that Ch1ctawhatchee Bi
a productive system.
For information on how to become mor
in the clean up and preservation of our are
the Chotawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) at
C hocawhatche Bay is located within Okaloosa
and Walton counties in Northwest Florida It
is 27 miles long, one to six miles wide, with a
surface area of approximately 129 square miles. The
bay is an estuary, which is a semi-enclosed body of
water where fresh and saltwater mix. The primary source
of freshwater is the Choctawhatchee River and secondary
sources include small creeks that feed into the ayous.
The salt water comes from the Gulf of Mexico that
connects to the bay through East Pass. The river, bay,
and numerous surrounding bayous make up the
Choctawhatchee Bay System.
Choctawhatchee Bay provides significant economic,
recreational, and aesthetic resources to this area, but
stormwater runoff from our streets, parking lots, lawns
and sewers can cause the bay waters to be overloaded
with pollutants and sediment Fertilizers, pesticides,
toxic compounds and heavy metals greatly impair water
and sediment quality. Although specific sources are
difficult to determine, pollutants and sediments can
come from a variety of places ranging from industrial
and agricultural areas, to your own back yard.
Shoreline development increases erosion and loss
of shoreline vegetation. Loss of vegetation can have
dramatic effects since it stabilizes our shorelines, filters
pollutants, increases water clarity, and provides critical