It is with great pleasure that we present to you the2018 Integrated Water Quality Assessment for Florida. This report meets the Federal Clean Water Act reporting requirements; more importantly, it presents a comprehensive analysis of the quality of our waters. This report would not be possible without the monitoring efforts of organizations throughout the state, including state and local governments, universities, and volunteer groups.
Florida has substantially more monitoring stations and water quality data than any other state in the nation. Monitoring organizations conduct hundreds of individual waterbody assessments each year. Annually, the department uses these data to evaluate waterbody health. These efforts allow us to understand the state's water conditions, make decisions that further enhance our waterways, and focus our efforts on addressing problems.
We encourage all those interested in Florida' s waterways to read this report, gain a better understanding of Florida’s water quality conditions, and engage in local efforts to protect and restore water quality. Protecting these abundant water resource, restoring them when they become damaged because of unmanaged growth and development, and preserving them for the future is your responsibility and ours.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.