Message from DEP Secretary
Florida’s springs are some of the most fascinating geological features on the planet. Flowing from the deep Floridan aquifer, their cool, clear waters have provided habitat to humans and wildlife for thousands of years, and have drawn visitors from around the world. We are fortunate to live in a state where we can access these unique, natural resources through numerous State Parks, private concessions and public lands.
Unfortunately, many of our springs are now at risk. We cannot ignore the impact that increased population growth and urbanization of our state has had on our ground water and springs. As we require more freshwater to grow our crops and maintain our lifestyles, the necessity of conservation efforts becomes more apparent every day. The health of the aquifer and Florida’s many springs is directly related to our actions, as individuals, as communities. Protecting springs and the Floridan aquifer for the future of natural habitats, drinking water supplies and the benefit of the next generation of Floridians is critically important.
The health of the aquifer and Florida’s many springs is directly related to our actions, as individuals, as communities.
There are more than one thousand documented springs in Florida, many of which are accessible for recreation and educational opportunities. We hope that you’ll use this website as a resource to find springs near you, and to learn more about Florida’s springs, their beauty, their necessity and ways you may be able to contribute to their protection.
Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection