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Blue Spring Lagoon project will improve fish and wildlife habitat

News Release

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5281; Greg Workman, 352-620-7335

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting a month-long project to enhance fish and wildlife habitat at Blue Spring Lagoon in Volusia County.

The project, scheduled to start in early August, will involve removal of material restricting the flow of water through the marsh south of Blue Spring State ParkExternal Website The exact timing of the work is subject to weather conditions.

For public safety purposes, Blue Spring State Park will periodically close French Landing and the dirt portion of West French Avenue during the project. French Landing will still be open to the public on weekends.

The FWC’s Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section will use floating harvesting equipment to remove two acres of floating tussocks and half an acre of an earthen berm. Removal of floating tussocks will allow the lagoon’s diversity of plants to increase, particularly submerged aquatic plants. These plants provide food and habitat for aquatic fish and wildlife. Removal of the berm will reestablish a historic water connection between the St. Johns River and the Blue Spring Lagoon marsh, allowing more river water to enter the marsh.



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