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Management Programs at Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics


  • Resource Management
    The aquatic preserve partners with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to chemically treat and/or manually remove Eurasian water milfoil, hydrilla and water lettuce to control their expansion on the Rainbow River. Preserve staff have also re-planted native aquatic vegetation.
An on-site presentation for students

Giving a presentation

  • Education and Outreach
    Staff participate in the Marion County Springs Festival to help plan the festival and as an exhibitor. Since 2002, more than 15,000 people have attended the festival to view over 30 booths and presentations on issues that affect our springs. The aquatic preserve also conducts programs in aquatic ecology for area schools, with attendance from more than 20 teachers and 500 students each year.
Person under water, measuring water clarity

Measuring water clarity

  • Research and Monitoring
    In partnership with SWFWMD's Surface Water Improvement and Management Program, the aquatic preserve continues to collect water chemistry and clarity data on a bi-monthly basis. To date, the preserve has archived more than eight years of water chemistry data for the river.



Last updated: August 27, 2010

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