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Unit Four Brooker Creek Preserve Project Oceanography Spring 2001 49 Unit IV Brooker Creek Preserve Information contained in this packet is taken from a website developed by Conrod Associates for the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. For additional information concerning the water cycle and watersheds, please refer to the Project Oceanography Fall 2000 Neighborhood Water Quality packet. Brooker Creek Preserve was established by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners for the preservation of the region’s great diversity of natural communities and the Brooker Creek watershed. The county’s Environmental Management Department is working to develop land management, research, and educational programs. They are on the cutting edge of science by using “real- time” data to teach environmental concepts to Pinellas County students. The Environmental Distance Learning program uses an Internet-based learning solution to deliver constant, real-time environmental data coordinated with science curriculum standards. The Brooker Creek Watershed Learning Project Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to do the following: Describe a watershed Name three ways a watershed can be influenced by urbanization Explain one way a watershed effects water quality Key concepts: watershed, controlled burn, ecosystem, environmental distance learning (EDL) Brooker Creek Overview The Brooker Creek Preserve, located in northeast Pinellas County, Florida is an example of one of the many important watersheds found throughout the United States. This area is of particular interest because it includes more than 8000 acres of wilderness located in one of the most populated areas in Florida. This situation offers a unique opportunity to study the effects of urbanization on habitat diversity and water quality along with land management practices and restoration efforts. Brooker Creek Preserve is an ecologically diverse area encompassing a wide variety of habitats including pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes, palmetto prairies, sandhills, and cypress
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Unit Four Brooker Creek Preserve Project Oceanography Spring 2001 50 swamps. Environmentalists have found over 500 plant species living in this area, including some rare and threatened ones, such as the Catesby’s Lily, Dahoon Holly, and Royal Fern. In addition, the preserve is home to a wide variety of animals including the Southern Bald Eagle, the American Alligator, and the Gopher Frog. As a watershed, the Brooker Creek basin prevents flooding by storing excess water. It also is important in recharging the groundwater supplies used by many communities for drinking water, and it protects the watersheds of surrounding areas by decreasing the flow of polluted waters over these basins. Historically, Brooker Creek has been
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