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The Ecology of the Blackwater River

 
 
The Ecology of the Blackwater River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. The Ecology of the Blackwater River Marker
Inscription. The Blackwater River begins in Bradley, Alabama, and winds approximately 60 miles before reaching Blackwater Bay. Three major tributaries—Big Juniper Creek, Big Coldwater Creek, and Pond Creek—feed the river. The Florida Legislature designated the Blackwater River as an "Outstanding Florida Waterway" for its beauty and undisturbed nature. The sandy bottom, white sand bars, and water darkened by tannic acid gives the river its name. The slope of the river is quite steep, which results in a swiftness (2-3 miles per hour) that creates a dynamic system of shifting sands. Biodiversity is the river's strength. Aquatic plants include water fern, water lily, coontail and spatterdock. The fast-moving water keeps plants from growing in the stream itself. Algae are restricted to sunken logs and pilings. A number of trees live oak, sand live oak, pines, and Atlantic white cedar dominate the plant communities along the river. The river is a suitable habitat for many insects fish, and reptiles, as well as white-tailed deer, turkeys, hawks, crows, and herons. As the river approaches the Gulf of Mexico it widens, slows, and joins other water sources to form an extensive brackish (salt and freshwater) estuarine system Hurricanes Erin and Opal in 1995 changed the course of the river downstream from Deaton Bridge, making it no longer navigable by boat.

Enjoying the Blackwater River
Thirty-one miles of the Blackwater River are navigable by canoe, kayak inner tube, or small boat. The area from Kennedy Bridge (near Munson)
The Ecology of the Blackwater River Marker near Bagdad Lumber Mill marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. The Ecology of the Blackwater River Marker near Bagdad Lumber Mill marker.
to Deaton Bridge (in Blackwater River State Park) is designated a Florida Canoe Trail. Many recreation opportunities exist for residents and tourists to enjoy Blackwater River. For more information, please visit floridasplayground.com.

"Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land."
—Luna Leopold

[Photo captions]
Left, bottom: Blackwater River at sunset
Right, top: Accelerated erosion
Right, middle: Blackwater River
Right, bottom: Beggarticks on the riverbank

 
Erected 2016 by the Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership, Inc.
 
Location. 30° 36.301′ N, 87° 1.871′ W. Marker is in Bagdad, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker can be reached from Main Street 0.1 miles east of Forsyth Street. Touch for map. Located within the Bagdad Mill Site Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6953 Main Street, Bagdad FL 32530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Skirmish on the Blackwater (within shouting distance of this marker); Bagdad Lumber Mill / Shipbuilding at Bagdad (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War and Reconstruction in Northwest Florida (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bagdad Mill Site Park
Entrance to the Bagdad Mill Site park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. Entrance to the Bagdad Mill Site park.
Marker is nearly straight ahead, to right, in distance.
(about 400 feet away); The Early History of Bagdad (about 400 feet away); Working for the Company (about 400 feet away); The Bagdad Mill Site (about 400 feet away); Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bagdad.
 
Categories. AnimalsHorticulture & ForestryWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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