Watershed alterations are a key issue in protecting
RBNERR estuaries. Much of the surrounding property is zoned for
development in the fastest growing area in the United States.
The Reserve goal is restoration of natural freshwater inflow quality
and quantity, to the fullest extent possible, by promoting conservation
of natural flowways through cooperative efforts with federal,
state and local agencies, organizations, and private landowners.
The Reserve staff attends monthly and periodic permit review meetings
hosted by the regulatory agencies and provides comments to private
developers and regulatory agencies when requested. In the future,
the Reserve will host an annual watershed workshop for regulatory
staff, including City, County, DEP, Water Management District,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Army Corps
of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries
Service and US Environmental Protection Agency, to review the
status of the Reserve's watershed and discuss options for preservation,
restoration or reconstruction of flowways and habitats.