caring for you spring
Our springs and groundwater bear the signature of EVERYTHING we do on the land. Most people think that by purchasing and protecting the head pool of a spring that it is being protected when in fact to truly protect a spring, it’s entire watershed has to be cared for.
Some land uses are beneficial and help to recharge the aquifer that feeds the spring as the rain filters down through the soil. Other land uses pull water away from the spring and add pollution to the water that remains. The trick is to find the balance.
You can help. Be aware of your impact on our shared resources.
No matter where you live in Florida, there are lots of things you can do at home to save your local springs and protect the quality of your groundwater, lakes, rivers and beaches.
Floridians put way too much water on the ground around their homes to keep perfect green lawns. It’s a double whammy because to be green, lawns also need fertilizer which can leach down and add unwanted pollution to our drinking water and springs. Use organic fertilizers or eliminate fertilizer altogether.
It’s important if you have a septic system that it be maintained properly. Septic systems should be pumped and inspected at least every 5 years to make sure it’s working properly. You can contact your local septic companies to find out how.
Finally, let your elected officials know how much clean drinking water and healthy springs and rivers mean to you and to your community.