About the Bays
The bays and their tributaries cover about 32 square miles and drain a land mass -called the “watershed”- of about 320 square miles. The Inland Bays are shallow, with an average depth ranging from 3 to 8 feet.
Because the bays are so shallow, and because they are poorly flushed by tidal movement, they are especially sensitive to environmental changes. Increases in pollutants, changes in salinity and fluctuations in water temperature, for example, can have dramatic effects on water quality and on the plants, fish, shellfish, and microscopic creatures that live in the bays.
Did You Know
DID YOU KNOW?
There are at least 112 species of fish in our Inland Bays.