Estuary, What’s an Estuary?

I recently watched an estuary video and learned a lot. For example, did you know that an estuary is a body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with seawater? What I didn’t know was that estuaries are called nurseries of the sea because so many young fish, turtles, and other creatures are born and spend their developing years here.  A lot of people boat, swim and fish in estuaries and have no idea the importance of them. Is there an estuary where you live?

Watch at http://www.youtube.com/usepagov#p/u/5/XLumSN4G5P4 to learn more.

Megan Gavin is the Environmental Education Coordinator for EPA Region 5 in Chicago, Illinois.

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