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Indian River Lagoon coloring book
Dear teachers and parents:
To protect the distinctive features of natural waters for future generations to enjoy, the Florida Legislature created aquatic preserves. Aquatic preserves are exceptional submersed lands and waters that are to be maintained in their natural or existing conditions. Management objectives for the preserves are to maintain and improve water quality to protect seagrasses, mangroves, aquatic plants, and birds and fish.
Unfortunately, the distinctive waters that have drawn people to Florida have been endangered by people’s actions over many decades. Through careful preservation of our natural resources, plants and animals can be protected and the public assured of the continued enjoyment of water-related activities such as fishing, boating and swimming.
This coloring book introduces children to the many native plants and animals living in Florida’s ecosystems. We encourage you to explore this book with your child and enhance your awareness of Florida’s important but fragile natural resources.
St. Johns River Water Management District
Office of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs
This publication was produced through the cooperation of the St. Johns River Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, Indian River Lagoon Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Preserves and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.