Mangrove trees provide nursery habitat for fish and shellfish, and foraging spots for wading birds.
They sit in brackish water and take oxygen through their roots. They need a flow
of water. Mud build-ups deplete the oxygen and kill the mangroves.
75 years ago a state highway was built through a big stand of mangroves, southeast of Naples.
The roadway has stopped the flow, drainage is poor, and more than 100 acres of mangroves
have died. A study proposes to elevate the highway, cut culverts under the highway,
dredge trenches, and take other actions to flush the area and restore the ecosystem.
There is funding for early phases but a lot more money is needed.
You can see more photos with reflections at James' blog, Weekend Reflections.