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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2004 - CRP Project #3003 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #3003
Tarpon Bay Hydrologic Restoration Project

Isles of Capri, Florida


Culvert with tidal flushing in Oct 2004. PHOTO: Rookery Bay staff

Manatee enters culvert Manatee exits culvert
Manatee traveling through the Tarpon Bay culvert - May 19, 2021
PHOTO: Alan McLaughlin, Isles of Capri Fire & Rescue Dept

Project name: #3003 - Tarpon Bay Hydrologic Restoration
Project status: Cancelled
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Project location: Isles of Capri, Florida
Grant period: Jan 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021 (extended to Aug 31, 2021)
Grant amount: $51,000
Land Ownership: public/state land
Lat/Long: 25.9838/ -81.7276 (UTM: N 2874092, E 427177)
Types of Habitat: bays, seagrass and algal beds, mangroves, oyster bars
Project leader: Judy Haner and Cheryl Metzger
                         Florida Department of Environmental Protection
                         Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
                         300 Tower Rd.
                         Naples, FL 34113
                         (239)417-6310 phone
                         (239)417-6315 fax

Anticipated Species To Benefit From Restoration:
  • West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris)
  • Cobia (Rachycentrtron canadum)
  • Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)
  • Mullet (Mugil cephalus))
  • Red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
  • Snapper (Lutjanus compechanus)
  • Pink shrimp (Penaeus duorarum)
  • Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
  • Stone crab (Menippe mercenaria)
  • red mangrove
  • shoal grass, turtle grass, manatee grass, algae

Project Goals:
Install two culverts and one bridge to improve water quality and essential habitats by reestablishing the natural flushing between Tarpon and Johnson bays. This grant will help fund installation of the second culvert.

Acres of Habitat To Be Restored:
The entire scope of this large-scale restoration project involves about 360 acres of submerged lands populated by aquatic flora and mangrove plants which are primary habitat for juvenile fish species.

Project Description:
This ongoing project is a continuation of a Year 2003 Gulf of Mexico Foundation CRP grant, #2005. This large-scale hydrologic restoration project located in southern Florida consists of two phases. Phase One encompasses the construction of two large box culverts and a small bridge to re-establish tidal flow interrupted when four islands were connected by a road constructed in '50s and '60s. Phase Two will construct visitors facilities. Grant #3003 ($51,000) will help fund construction of the second culvert, part of Phase One.

PROJECT PHOTOS
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Historic tidal flows - click to enlarge
Aerial View of Tarpon & Johnson Bays showing historic tidal flows

Culverts to be installed - click to enlarge
Aerial view of Tarpon & Johnson Bays with first culvert installed and proposed second culvert and bridge

Map of Rookery Bay NERR - click to enlarge
Map of Rookery Bay NERR

Culvert construction - click to enlarge
Culvert construction

Culvert construction - click to enlarge
Culvert construction

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PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Friends of Rookery Bay

Isles of Capri Civic Association

Isles of Capri Fire Control District

U.S. Fish & Wildlife National Coastal Wetlands Program

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)

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