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Economic Impact of Selected Florida Springs on Surrounding Local Areas 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.

Florida Springs Initiative Monitoring Network Report and Recognized Sources of Nitrate 

Florida’s Springs Report 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.

Summary and Synthesis of the Available Literature on the Effects of Nutrients on Spring Organisms and Systems 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.

Wakulla County Septic Tank Study 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.

Domestic Wastewater Treatment in the Wekiva Study Area

DEP's original 2004 study, A Strategy for Water Quality Protection: Wastewater Treatment in the Wekiva Study Area, is also available. This led to development of DEP's specific Wekiva wastewater rules, 62-600.550, Florida Administrative Code.

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September 21, 2022 - 8:27am

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