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 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.
  • Wakulla 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 Plain. 
  • 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 analyses.
  • 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 Local Areas [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 communities.
  • 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 natural resource.
  • 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 County, Florida
    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

Last updated: March 01, 2012

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