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Are Our Aquatic Ecosystems Healthy?

Birds in a Pond

California has many types of aquatic habitats. Follow the links below to learn more …

Wetlands

WETLANDS

Wetlands form along the shallow margins of deepwater ecosystems such as lakes, estuaries, and rivers. They also form in upland settings where groundwater or runoff makes the ground too wet for upland vegetation. More »»
Estuaries

ESTUARIES

Estuaries are unique habitats found where rivers and the ocean mix. They feature a diverse array of plants and animals adapted to life along the mixing zone. More »»
Streams and Rivers

STREAMS, RIVERS & LAKES

California’s streams and rivers flow through diverse habitats, from mountain canyons, valleys, deserts, estuaries and urban areas. Riparian woodlands develop along stream banks and floodplains, linking forest, chaparral, scrubland, grassland, and wetlands. California lakes, supporting deep water, wetlands, riparian woodlands, offer a quiet refuge for plants, animals and humans alike. More »»
Lakes
Ocean

OCEAN & COASTAL

California has 1,100 miles of shoreline and 220,000 square miles of state and federal oceanic habitat, featuring one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems. More »»

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