Integrating groundwater protection into DEP’s watershed management approach has required an expansion of both monitoring design and data analysis to include groundwater–surface water interaction. Historically, groundwater protection has emphasized land use and aquifer vulnerability, as well as investigating and remediating local point sources of contamination to protect potable water supplies. Watershed protection, however, requires the additional consideration of groundwater contributions to surface waterbodies through springs and base flows.
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.