The department is pleased to announce the publication of the 2016 Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report for Florida. This report represents one of the most comprehensive data collection efforts in the nation and provides the reader with substantial information regarding the quality of our waters. These comprehensive analyses are made possible by the support of the residents of Florida, who agree that our waterbodies are a central part of our state’s culture and heritage. This report includes contributions from monitoring efforts at all levels – by state and local government, universities, and volunteer groups.
Florida has substantially more monitoring stations and water quality data than any other state in the nation. This amount of water quality data is used annually for the assessment of waterbody health by means of a comprehensive approach. Hundreds of assessments of individual waterbodies are conducted each year. Additionally, as part of this report, a statewide water quality condition is presented using an unbiased random monitoring design. These efforts allow us to understand the state’s water conditions, make decisions that further enhance our waterways, and focuses our efforts on addressing problems. (Excerpted from the Letter to Floridians.)
Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters are spectacularly beautiful. More than that, they are essential natural resources, supplying the water necessary for aquatic life, both large and microscopic; drinking water; recreation; industry; fishing and shellfish harvesting; and agriculture. Florida's multi-billion tourist industry would vanish if our water resources were irreparably degraded.
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.