Reports & Publications
Florida Springs Initiative Program Summary and
Recommendations, 2007. Describes strategies to
promote effective spring protection and management.
Protecting Florida’s Springs: An Implementation Guidebook.
This Implementation Guidebook contains an explanation of the
scientific basis for protecting springs and provides an
overview of this research as a basis for amending local
comprehensive plans to ensure protection of springs.
Companion guide to “Protecting Florida’s Springs, Land Use
Planning Strategies and Best Management Practices”.
Protecting Florida’s Springs, Land Use Planning Strategies
and Best Management Practices. This manual contains
a multitude of informational and financial resources to
assist in springs protection efforts. Each chapter includes
a resource box identifying other sources of information.
County Septic Tank Study
[PDF - 2.2 MB]
In this second phase of study on performance based septic
treatment systems (PBTS) in Wakulla County, the research
team found that although the amount of nitrate in PBTS
effluent did not meet the county’s expectations of 10 mg/L,
they provided significantly greater nitrate removal than
conventional septic systems.
Florida Springs Initiative Monitoring Network Report and
Recognized Sources of Nitrate
[PDF - 4.3 MB]
Summary and Synthesis of the Available Literature on the
Effects of Nutrients on Spring Organisms and Systems
[PDF - 6.66 MB]
This summary of the state of the knowledge related to
nutrient effects on spring ecosystems and biota represents a
synthesis of the most important findings from the
literature. The report was commissioned by the Springs
Initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) to review the pertinent literature related
to nutrient effects on spring ecosystems and biota.
Scientific Symposium Brochure
[PDF - 4.09 MB]
In recent years, Wakulla Springs and the Woodville Karst
Plain have been the focus of some of the most intensive
research of any springs basin in the world. In an
effort to relate some of the research data to others, the
Florida Springs Initiative and the Florida Geological Survey
will host a one-day scientific symposium on May 13, 2004.
Topics of discussion will include biologic, geologic and
hydrologic research ongoing within the Woodville Karst
Springs of Florida - Bulletin no. 66 Bulletin 66 is
the results of a 3 year study of Florida's freshwater
springs. Included in this report are descriptions and
pictures of individual springs along with water quality
Dyal and Black Sinks Dye Trace Columbia County, Florida May
- September, 2003 [PDF -
16.28 MB] The Ichetucknee Springs Basin is a prefect
example of the karst topography that makes up the majority
of Florida’s springs basins. In 2003 the Florida
Springs Initiative funded a study to determine the
connectivity of several of the karst features in the basin
to Ichetucknee Springs.
Economic Impact of Selected Florida Springs on Surrounding
[DOC - 1.29 MB]
Florida’s fresh water springs offer lasting impressions
through their natural beauty and recreational benefits and
are an important natural and cultural resource for the
state. They are also of significant economic benefit
to the local communities in which they are located.
With this, the Florida Springs Initiative funded a study
that outlines the significance of protecting springs and the
important economic role that they play within local
Silver Glen Springs Carrying Capacity Study
[PDF - 4.93 MB] Silver Glen Springs is a first
magnitude spring of outstanding natural and prehistoric
value. The spring and its run are one of the highest
in ecological quality among Florida’s more than 600 springs.
This spring system has the potential to serve as a major
manatee refuge and the spring waters rank among the lowest
in nitrates of all the springs. To ensure the
continued natural and cultural value of Silver Glen Springs,
the Florida Springs Initiative funded a project to assess
the carrying capacity of the spring and spring run to
maximize recreational use while protecting this fragile
Florida Springs Map and Guide A complete
springs list for the state of Florida, providing a very
brief physical description and a guide to the facilities and
activities visitors may enjoy at each spring. Also
available, the opportunity to purchase a Florida Springs Map
and Guide for $9.95! Included, find 91 different Florida
springs with a detailed index, overall state map, large
insets, pictures and more.
Florida’s Springs Report
[PDF - 8.81 MB] The Florida Springs Task Force
created this document to educate the general public and
to recommend strategies for the protection and
restoration of Florida’s springs. Members discussed the
environmental, social, and economic interests that exist
in all of Florida’s spring basins.
Profile of Crescent Beach Spring near St. Johns
St. Johns River Water
Management District contracted with U.S. Geological
Survey to do seismic profiles of Crescent Beach Spring.
This is a submarine spring that is in the Atlantic Ocean
approximately 2.5 miles from Crescent Beach. The report
summarizes the findings of the study.
The Hydrology and Water Quality of Select Springs
[PDF - 16.21 MB] This report gives an up-to-date
catalog of some of the larger and better known springs
within the Southwest Florida Water Management District,
summarizing nearly 10 years of research conducted on
springs, and providing a detailed description of the
chemistry of spring waters.
Springs of the St. Johns River Water management District
March 01, 2012
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3575
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
/ 850-245-8236 (fax)
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