Loxahatchee River gets new oyster reefs

The Loxahatchee River, a Federally Designated Wild & Scenic River, is one of our main attractions and greatest natural elements here in Jupiter, Tequesta and Jupiter Farms.

The headwaters are in Riverbend Park and from there the river winds slowly past massive cypress trees, Trapper Nelson's, alligators and turtles before making its way through Jonathan Dickinson Park and flowing into the Jupiter Inlet and on into the Atlantic Ocean.

During the last two years, the Loxahatchee River District has worked with environmental managers, area resident, local students and businesses to creat new oyster reefs throughout the River.

Oyster reefs are one of the most valuable habitats in the River, offering a protection a protection for more than 300 species of fish, crabs, shrimp and other small aquatic species.. They provide a fertile feeding ground for juvenile fish like grouper, snapper and snook.

In the coming year, the Loxahatchee River District and Martin County will significantly expand this important restoration effort in the Northwest Fork of the river with plans to create over 3.5 acres of new oyster reef habitat.

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