The Blackwater River Watershed

blackwater-watershed The Clinic has been assisting the Blackwater River Foundation, a private foundation that seeks to educate the public about the watershed and protect it for future generations.

The Blackwater River lies within the Florida Panhandle, to the east of Pensacola. Its headwaters originate in southern Georgia and Alabama, and much of the watershed is made up of federal and state lands, including Eglin Air Force Base, along with several large private landholdings.

The River, which discharges into Blackwater Bay and the Yellow River Marsh Aquatic preserve, has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The Blackwater River is also noteworthy as it is one of the few remaining shifting sand bottom streams in its natural state for nearly its entire length.

Stakeholder concerns include recreational over-use and abuse, changing river morphology due to current and historic land use, including the removal of woody material for flood control and bridge safety. There are also water quality concerns, including impairments due to high levels of coliforms and mercury along some stretches of the River.

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