Governing Board Emphasizes Importance of Springs Protection

News Release

Following the Florida Legislature's lead, the "Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Governing Board ": proclaimed April 2013 Springs Protection Awareness Month at their monthly board meeting. The Board emphasized that the state's springs are essential to the environment, economy, citizens and visitors of the state.

The District invested more than $2.2 million in "springs protection": and restoration in FY11-12, has an approved budget of $3.9 million for FY12-13, and plans to begin construction on three major springs projects in the next six months including the City of Crystal River to Progress Energy Reclaimed Water Project, Chassahowitzka Spring Sediment Removal and Three Sisters Springs Wetland Treatment Project.

There are more than 150 documented springs throughout the 16-county District, with five first magnitude spring groups that collectively discharge more than one billion gallons of water per day.

The District, in partnership with the various stakeholders, is committed to implementing projects to conserve and restore the ecological balance of our spring systems, supporting the regional economies and quality of life.