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Springs
Devil's Eye, Photo Credit: Alan Cressler
Devil's Eye, Photo Credit: Alan Cressler

With more than 300 documented springs, the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) has one of the highest concentrations of freshwater springs in the United States. Of the state's 33 first-magnitude springs (ones flowing at least 100 cubic feet per second, or 64 million gallons a day), 18 are in the SRWMD. Springs have attracted people since prehistoric times, and today visitors from all over the world come to North Florida to swim, dive, float, play, and relax in these unique wonders of Nature.

In April 2013, the District's Governing Board joined the Florida Legislature in recognizing April as Springs Protection Awareness Month. To learn more about springs, please visit www.floridasprings.org.

Locations for Real-time Water Quality Springs Data
The Springs Heartland
An informative video that depicts the beauty and threats to our springs is available for download (52MB).

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Springs Protection and Restoration Projects
Over the last two years, the District has devoted significant funding for projects to provide water quantity and quality benefits to springs within the District. About 45 percent of Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget and about 57 percent of Fiscal Year 2014-15 preliminary budget are devoted to springs protection and restoration activities. Landmark State appropriations for springs projects have helped make this commitment a reality.

The District is putting these funds to work by partnering with various agencies, local governments, landowners, and organizations through cost-share programs and projects to conduct restoration activities at numerous springs. Many of these projects are designed to restore groundwater levels and to reduce nutrient loading within priority water bodies and springsheds throughout the District.

Ichetucknee Headspring Ichetucknee Springshed Water Quality Improvement Project
Contractors drill test wells to evaluate aquifer recharge. Middle Suwannee River and Springs Restoration and Aquifer Recharge Project
Otter Springs Restoration Project Otter Springs Restoration Project
Hart Springs Restoration Project Hart Springs Restoration Project