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Lake Worth Lagoon

Impacts



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Human Impacts
Impacts that affect Lake Worth Lagoon can be broken down into two categories; environmental and human. Some environmental impacts include the tides, storm water drainage, and salinity. Human impacts include dreding, filling, shoreline alteration, shoreline hardening, and pollution. These factors impact the lagoon on a daily basis.

Dredging
Before settlers came to Lake Worth Lagoon it was a freshwater lake with no connections to the ocean. When settlers did arrive many changes were made to accommodate living and traveling in that area. Travel was mostly done by boat and to avoid rough seas, inlets were hand-dug at the northern end of Lake Worth.

Shoreline Hardening
In addition to dredging, settlers also replaced mangrove shorelines with concrete structures called seawalls to protect the shoreline from erosion. Today the lagoon is 20 miles long, half a mile wide, and has an average depth of six feet.

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