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Wacissa River, Jefferson County, Florida, USA

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United States, Florida, Jefferson County

The Wacissa River is a treasure trove of wildlife southeast of Tallahassee in Jefferson County, Florida. Created through many springs in the area, this slow-moving water way opening onto the Gulf of Mexico is a great place to bird watch, kayak, or fish.

For at least 14.000 years, people have enjoyed spending time and foraging in this waterway. Today, this area is threatened by invasive plants and animals, released both accidentally and on purpose.

Submitted by
Katherine Wright
Approved by
Fritz Rohde & Lawrence Kent
GPS
30.3949528, -83.9326553
Geographical region
Northern America
Drainage Basin
River catchment
Aucilla Wildlife Management Area
Water body type
River
Water body name
Wacissa River
Water body part
Water body course
Water body: tributary of
River
Tributary name
Aucilla

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
High
Concentration of sediments
Low
Water temperature
70 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
7.8
Conductivity
297
GH
2 mg/l
KH
Dissolved Oxygen
74 %

Substrate in nature

Sand
Beige
Pebble/Gravel
Mixed
Stone
Brown
Stone form
Roundish
Silt/Mud
Black
Leaves
Driftwood
Submerged terrestrial vegetation

Aquatic Biotope

Date of collecting
20/7/2023
Collecting area
Water depth
Air temperature
Sunlight

Environment

Surrounding area
Underwater landscape

Fish:

  • Elassoma gilberti (Centraarchidae)
  • Heterandria formosa (Poeciliidae)
  • Lepisosteus platyrhincus (Lepisosteidae)
  • Micropterus notius (Centrarchidae)
  • Micropterus salmoides (Centrarchidae)
  • Amia calva (Amiidae)

Aquatic plant:

  • Wolffiella gladiata (Araceae)
  • Utricularia minor (Lentibulariaceae)
  • Vallisneria americana (Hydrocharitaceae)
  • Hottonia inflata (Primulaceae)

Wetland plant:

  • Sagittaria latifolia (Alismataceae)
  • Bacopa caroliniana (Plantaginaceae)
Threats to ecology

Sitography

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