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Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration

Outstanding Florida Springs (OFS)

Rule Purpose

Springs are of great scientific importance in understanding the diverse functions of aquatic ecosystems. Water quality of springs is an indicator of local conditions of the Floridan Aquifer, which is a source of drinking water for many residents of this state. Water flows in springs may reflect regional aquifer conditions. In addition, springs provide recreational opportunities for swimming, canoeing, wildlife watching, fishing, cave diving and many other activities in this state.

Alternative Water Supply Grants

Alternative Water Supply Funding 

Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have recognized the importance of alternative water supply (AWS) and the protection of Florida’s natural systems with an investment of $230 million since Fiscal Year 2019-20. Projects funded through this program are intended to prioritize regional projects in the areas of greatest need as well as projects that provide the greatest benefit. Examples of projects funded include reclaimed water, aquifer recharge, water conservation, etc.


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