The Lower Laguna Madre is a hyper-saline bay on the southeastern tip of Texas. Over 400 square miles in area, the estuary has almost no fluid exchange with the Gulf of Mexico to the east. It receives most of its fresh water input from the Arroyo Colorado River, a gentle flow of water that winds its way through the agricultural lands of the surrounding citrus groves. A critical nursery for the booming redfish population in the laguna, as well as a nursery for tarpon and the trophy spotted sea trout that thrive in the laguna, this body of water is threatened by high levels of phosphorous that are a result of agricultural fertilizer runoff in the region. Despite this fact, the habitat remains relatively healthy, yet very threatened. Read the rest of the story on Brian’s blog…Brian Irwin Media.
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