In order to effectively perform lake sampling using the Lake Vegetative Index (LVI), it is imperative to know the aquatic plants that are likely to be encountered. This page is intended to be a repository for helpful information to use in the identification of commonly encountered aquatic plants. It is NOT intended to replace the need for more formal field and classroom training.
Three new sets of Habitat Assessment Benchmark Sites are available for testing in 2021 through 2023. Site information and directions are available under the Proficiency Demonstration information of the Stream and River Habitat Assessment section below.
U.S. EPA (1992) defines ecoregions and subecoregions as areas "within which there is an apparent homogeneity in a combination of geographic characteristics that are likely to be associated with resource quality, quantity and type of stresses." Regionalization was performed as a collaboration among DEP, water management districts and the U.S. EPA Environmental Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon.
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.