Florida has more artesian springs – 1,000 of them – than any other place in the world. Some are large and familiar, like Silver, Ichetucknee, and Wakulla, others small and hidden away, like Fern Hammock and Shangri-La. But they all have a crucial role in Florida’s freshwater supply and environmental health, not to mention their recreational values.
In the past two decades, long-time threats to these natural gems have become more urgent. Many springs that were formerly blue now have a greenish tint. Unsightly filamentous algae have replaced their natural aquatic plant communities. Flows are declining in numerous springs. Some have stopped flowing altogether. Scientific research tells us that many of the changes have been caused by humans.
This website is the central hub for the Florida Springs Council, an ad hoc organization working to ensure the restoration, preservation and protection for future generations of Florida’s freshwater springs and the Floridan aquifer that sustains those springs and provides our drinking water. This website also provides a look at what we know, and what we need to do to restore our precious springs. Please join the Florida Springs Council in working towards a healthy Florida environment in 2016.