caring for you spring


Manatee Springs


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.

Conserve water. Be aware of how much water you use.

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.

For landscaping tips you can check out: For ways to be water smart in the house:

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.



Jane Medved Manatee Colors © 2013 Acrylic on wood panel 16 x 20”

Jane Medved
Manatee Colors © 2013
Acrylic on wood panel
16 x 20”


Margaret Ross Tolbert
Carp in the Springs Run, 2003
oil on canvas, 12 x 20 in.