Southwest Florida has thousands of stormwater retention ponds. Many of us pay them no attention. But Education Programs Assistant Emily Kless sure does. In this video, Emily discusses pond littoral zones, or shorelines, and the critical role they play in maintaining the health of our ecosystem. We guarantee you won’t take your neighborhood pond for granted again — and perhaps some of you will encourage your HOAs to modify their pond maintenance and landscaping practices. Small changes make a big difference in Southwest Florida’s water quality.

Wildlife magnet: A sampling of Southwest Florida birds attracted to littoral zones



Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata)


About the Author

Emily Kless is Education Programs Assistant for Naples Botanical Garden. Although she admits she doesn’t have the greatest green thumb, she loves to get down in the dirt volunteering on a small, local farm, and is proud to say that she typically manages to be more help than harm!

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