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Government & Citizen Action

Protecting Wakulla Spring for future generations requires the cooperation of local, state and federal agencies and grassroots citizens groups. Learn about the groups working to protect Wakulla Spring and other nearby springs.

The following governmental agencies or organizations are involved in helping to manage and protect groundwater and natural resources in Wakulla and Leon Counties.

Governmental and Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Florida Springs Initiative
The Florida Springs Initiative is a comprehensive springs protection effort including funding for research, monitoring, education and landowner assistance projects. As part of the Springs Initiative, the Florida Springs Task Force was created to help determine the status of Florida's springs and develop strategies for their protection.
Contact: Connie Bersok

Northwest Florida Water Management District
NWFWMD is responsible for regulation and management of ground and surface water supplies in the Florida Panhandle.

Florida Department of Community Affairs
The Department of Community Affairs helps provide local governments, developers, landowners and citizens with innovative and sensible planning strategies and tools they can use to protect Florida's springs.

Florida Geological Survey - Hydrogeology Program
The Florida Geological Survey's Hydrogeology Program conducts hydrogeologic research springsheds in Wakulla and Leon counties with emphasis on protection of the aquifer.

U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Discipline in Florida works collaboratively with other agencies to study ground and surface water systems in Leon and Wakulla counties.

Tallahassee Aquifer Protection Program
The Aquifer Protection Program was established to implement the Aquifer/Wellhead Protection Ordinance created to prevent contamination of the aquifer in Leon County.

Wakulla County Commissioners
The Wakulla County Commissioners are responsible for overseeing Wakulla County's master plan including changes in land use that may impact the aquifer and springs like Wakulla Spring. Commissioners hold monthly public meetings.

Leon County Commissioners
The Leon County Commissioners are responsible for overseeing Leon County's master plan including changes in land use that may impact the aquifer. Commissioners hold monthly public meetings.

Leon County Extension
The Leon County Extension offers in-depth training programs and resources for residents interested in learning about spring-friendly or environmentally sensitive landscaping practices.

Citizen or Non-Governmental

Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park
A citizen group dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Wakulla Springs State Park. Volunteers work closely with the park to address a variety needs. New volunteers are welcome. Monthly meetings are held at Wakulla Springs Lodge.
Contact: (850)224-5950

Wakulla Springs Basin Working Group
The Wakulla Springs Basin Working Group is comprised of state and local agencies, businesses, FSU, environmental organizations and other stakeholders. The purpose is to understand the hydrology of the Wakulla Springs system, identify threats to the water flowing to the spring and develop solutions to overcome the threats.
Contact: Jim Stevenson

Woodville Karst Plain Project
Since 1985, divers and members of the Woodville Karst Plain Project have been exploring and mapping sinkholes, springs and caves of the Woodville Karst Plain. WKPP members represent the volunteer technical diving force behind ongoing research throughout the Wakulla Spring basin. Also, visit Global Underwater Explorers for more information.

The Hydrogeology Consortium
The Hydrogeology Consortium (HC) was founded in 1999 to advance the exchange of scientific knowledge of groundwater resource management and protection in Florida. The HC has been working to protect Wakulla Spring through studies aimed at mapping the sources of water to the spring and by sponsoring educational workshops for the public and political leaders.

Other Organizations Working to Protect Natural Resources

Apalachee Audubon Society

Big Bend Sierra Club

Florida Public Interest Research Group

Florida Trail Association - Apalachee Chapter

Heart of the Earth

Florida Native Plant Society

Nature Conservancy - Florida Chapter

TAPP - Think About Personal Pollution

Trust for Public Land

1000 Friends of Florida

My FloridaFlorida Department of Environmental Protection