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Littoral - Martin County, Florida

Littoral - Martin County, Florida

Littoral - Martin County,

Littoral ZonesWhat are they and what do they do?Martin County’sThe shallow down-sloping shelf of a lake orpond is commonly referred to as the lake’s“littoral zone”. The zone is an area wherethe water meets the land. Plants here supportwildlife such as wading birds, turtles and crabs.MARTIN COUNTYBoard of County Commissioners2401 S.E. Monterey RoadStuart, Florida 34996-3397LittoralZonesDoug Smith, District 1Dennis H. Armstrong, District 2Lee Weberman, District 3Elmira R. Gainey, District 4Michael DiTerlizzi, District 5Russ Blackburn, County AdministratorTurtles spend hours basking in the sun.Littoral Zones providefood and shelter forwaterbirds and other animals.Littoral Zones are crucial components ofhealthy ecosystems, hence are protected bylaw. A primary function of a planted littoralzone is to absorb pollutants from water thatultimately drain into our canals and rivers,particularly water generated from storms.Littoral zone vegetation also prevents shorelineerosion. Since 1985, Martin County has requiredthat a percentage of each lake, pond, or stormwaterretention pond be established as a littoral zone.Well functioning littoral areas are aestheticallypleasing, add habitat for wildlife and increaseproperty values.This brochure provides you withsome interesting facts about theLittoral Zones of Martin County,Florida.Environmental DivisionA Growth Management Department Publicationwww.martin.fl.usWhat are theyand what do they do?Index No. gme02s.001

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