Homosassa River



  • Homosassa Springs is the headwaters of the Homosassa River and is known as the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
  • The park serves as a rehabilitation center and refuge for orphaned or injured manatees.
  • Located in Citrus County
  • 270-square-mile springshed


The river has numerous canals and seawalls that have had a negative impact on water quality and habitat.


Through cooperation with other government agencies, these challenges are met by:

  • Improving stormwater systems to remove sediment and debris from runoff
  • Revegetating with desirable submerged aquatic vegetation
  • Restoring wetland buffers using living shorelines and floating wetlands

Success Indicators

Successful project implementation is indicated by:

  • Improved water quality
  • A decrease in nuisance plants and increases in desirable submerged aquatic vegetation

Future goals will be developed through an adaptive management process, always striving to help restore Florida’s natural ecosystems.