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Estero Bay Basin

Estero Bay Basin



This section includes information about the geography and land use within the watershed, including the historical and current forms of land use.

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Source(s): U.S. Department of Commerce

The following information illustrates the change in population within the watershed during the past few decades. Statistics shown are only for the watershed area within the boundary of this Water Atlas.

Total Population within each Watershed from 1970-2020
Watershed 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020  
Caloosahatchee River Basin 99,993 188,925 274,831 317,772 390,989 464,709 Graph
Charlotte Harbor Basin 5,488 24,732 16,072 23,959 33,926 37,096 Graph
Dona & Roberts Bay Basin 18,459 51,973 56,519 69,537 78,527 84,219 Graph
Estero Bay Basin 11,431 25,641 63,086 116,680 181,785 226,012 Graph
Lemon Bay Basin 4,666 8,061 31,968 37,217 40,154 47,511 Graph
Myakka River Basin 5,965 5,362 27,700 47,814 90,197 108,194 Graph
Peace River Basin 195,591 283,401 355,051 423,678 471,548 527,378 Graph
Pine Island Sound Basin 6,949 11,414 24,219 40,188 82,443 107,730 Graph
Totals for All Watershed Areas 348,542 599,509 849,446 1,076,845 1,369,569 1,602,849  

Source(s): U.S. Department of Commerce

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    Land Acquisition and Protection

    The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is the primary source for information on Florida's conservation lands. The Inventory database includes boundaries and statistics for more than 1,400 federal, state, local, and private managed areas, all provided directly by the managing agencies. National parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, local and private preserves are examples of the managed areas included.

    19% of the land area within the Estero Bay Basin is under protection.

    The amount of protected land under federal, state, local, and private ownership
    Ownership Area (square miles)
    Federal 0.23
    Local 30.48
    Private 0.16
    State 37.93
    Source: Florida Natural Areas Inventory
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      Land Use / Land Cover

      Land Cover categorizes the land in terms of the observed physical surface characteristics. For example, while the land use may be classified as agricultural, the land cover may be classified as upland or wetland. Learn more about land use and land cover »

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      The interactive map shown below demonstrates how the use of land within and around Estero Bay Basin has changed over time. Use the slider control at the top left of the map to change the year displayed. Use the visibility slider at the top right to change the opacity of the land use layer.

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      Land Use Legend

      • Urban & Built-up
      • Agriculture
      • Rangeland
      • Upland Forests
      • Water
      • Wetlands
      • Barren Land
      • Utilities
      • Watershed Boundary
      Acreage and Percentage within each Land Use / Land Cover Category for Estero Bay Basin
      Year Urban & Built-up Agriculture Rangeland Upland Forests Water Wetlands Barren Land Transportation and Utilities
      Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres% Acres%
      201468,6573016,54376,423312,104551,8922266,926291,051< 16,6833
      200965,3532819,94796,133313,388650,0202268,09530968< 16,3753
      200457,0482625,552125,893314,041635,6181671,845331,087< 15,7033
      199942,6411932,060145,566219,125841,7061977,859351,015< 14,7102

      Source(s): Southwest Florida Water Management District

      Source(s): South Florida Water Management District

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