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Quantitative analysis of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in the Intracoastal Waterway in an area of proposed dredge and fill adjacent to existing sea wall at Birch Landings, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Broward County) reveals a community dominated by a small number of annelid worm species typical of stressed, high organic content, moderately reduced salinity, estuarine and canal habitats found along much of coastal south Florida. It is concluded that the proposed construction will impact no unique assemblage of organisms nor affect significantly the population resources of any macroinvertebrate species.


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