LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 13, 2019 – Floridan aquifer levels are now above the 90th percentile in parts of Levy, Alachua and Dixie counties. The high aquifer levels mean that spring flow has continued to be higher than usual at many north Florida springs within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). As a result, Manatee Springs in Levy County experienced record flows in the month of July.
Data from the United States Geological Survey reveal that the daily mean flow at Manatee Springs was 122 million gallons of water per day during the last week of July 2019. This is about 33 million gallons of water per day higher than average for July.
“In the past year, about 30 percent of the area that contributes flow to Manatee Springs received at least 4 inches more rainfall than usual,” said Fay Baird, Senior Hydrologist at the District. “Some areas received rainfall surpluses of over 12 inches.”
During November and December 2018, areas within the District received especially high rainfall. Aquifer recharge during the winter months can be high because of the relatively cool temperatures and low water uptake by plants. While the spring of 2019 was relatively dry, June and July experienced higher rainfall than normal across many counties within the District.
More information about spring flows and groundwater levels within the District can be found on our website at MySuwanneeRiver.com.