According to the website floridasprings.org, before Florida’s population began to skyrocket in the 1960’s and the mass development, deforestation, and farming of land came as a result, Florida’s springs looked different than the springs we see today. Most people who see the springs for the first time today are impressed by their beauty, but someone who experienced them years ago might be struck by how they’ve changed.
Increases in population, development, and intensive agriculture in Florida have resulted in increased groundwater withdrawals. These withdrawals affect water quantity in the Floridan Aquifer, which can have a negative impact on spring flows. Water quality in the aquifer and springs can be impacted by substances like nitrogen from wastewater, livestock, and fertilizers. Keep reading to learn more about impacts to Florida’s groundwater.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting comments on the springs restoration projects under consideration for funding in FY 2022-23.
DEP solicited project proposals aimed at identifying and implementing projects that protect the quality and quantity of water from springs.
A total of 29 projects were submitted, and as part of DEP’s review, the department is accepting comments from stakeholders through June 30, 2022.
Public comments must be submitted using the springs public comment form. The form is limited to 250 words; however, separate comment documents may be attached.
Following the comment period, DEP will carefully review and consider all comments received before making final project selections. Final selections will be posted on Protecting Florida Together.
Learn more about the Division of Water Restoration Assistance's Springs Restoration Grants.
About the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s principal environmental agency, created to protect, conserve and manage Florida’s environment and natural resources. The department enforces federal and state environmental laws, protects Florida’s air and water quality, cleans up pollution, regulates solid waste management, promotes pollution prevention, and acquires environmentally sensitive lands for preservation. The agency also maintains a statewide system of parks, trails, and aquatic preserves. Visit the department’s website at FloridaDEP.gov.
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