The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Governing Board proclaimed April 2014 Springs Protection Awareness Month. In support of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection proclamation and efforts, the Board also emphasized that the state’s springs are essential to the environment, economy, citizens and visitors of the state.
The District invested more than $2.1 million in springs protection and restoration in FY12-13, has an approved budget of $7.7 million for FY13-14, and plans to begin construction on three major springs projects in the next six months, including the City of Crystal River to Progress Energy Reclaimed Water Project, Kings Bay – Hunters Cove Revegetation Project and Three Sisters Springs Wetland Treatment Project.
There are more than 150 documented springs throughout the 16-county District, with five first magnitude spring groups that collectively discharge more than one billion gallons of water per day.
The District, in partnership with the various stakeholders, is committed to implementing projects to conserve and restore the ecological balance of our spring systems, supporting the regional economies and quality of life.
The mission of the Southwest Florida Water Management District is to manage water and related natural resources to ensure their continued availability while maximizing the benefits to the public.
Central to the mission is maintaining the balance between the water needs of current and future users while protecting and maintaining water and related natural resources
which provide the District with its existing and future water supply.