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Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007

be drained and upland forests will be removed, accordingly. These stressors could have detrimental effects on biological attributes such as drying of adjacent wetlands and upland forest, as well as decreasing of bird and wide-ranging mammal communities. In addition, hydrological and water quality attributes could be affected such as reversing water flow, creating unnatural flow delivery to wetlands, cutting hydrological connection among wetlands, increasing forest fires and increasing sedimentation in Lake Tafford.

Conclusions and Recommendations

In order to decrease the effects of proposed urban development, upland deforestation should be minimized, particularly in areas adjacent to wetlands. In addition, preserves for wildlife corridors should be developed to minimize habitat fragmentation. Consideration should be given to providing centralized sewage collection and treatment systems. Furthermore, special consideration should be given to the quantity and quality of storm water by implementing practical storm water runoff and agricultural best management practices.

References

Duver, M. J. (2005). “Big Cypress Regional Ecosystem Conceptual Ecological Model”. Wetlands 25(4): 843–853. Ogden, J. C., S. M. Davis, K. J. Jacobs, T. Barnes, and H. E. Fling (2005). “The Use of Conceptual Ecological Models to Guide Ecosystem Restoration in South Florida”. Wetlands 25(4): 795-809. Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. (2005). “Reconnaissance of Hydrology and Environmental Conditions in Central Big Cypress Basin”. Report submitted to SFWMD: CNO40927-W001. Morales, N. E. (2005). “Environmental Assessment of the Big Cypress Basin”. In Reconnaissance of Hydrology and Environmental Conditions in Central Big Cypress Basin. Report submitted to SFWMD: CNO40927-W001. Metcalf and Eddy, Inc. (2005). Roybal, A. (2006). “Big Cypress Basin Conceptual Ecological Model”. h t t p : / / w w w . e v e r g l a d e s p l a n . o r g / p m / s t u d i e s / s t u d y _ d o c s / s w f l / s w f f s _ c e m s _ b i g c y p r e s s . p d f . _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

NOTES

Session 5B – Page 9

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