Water-Related News

District and UF complete collaborative three-year investigation into Florida springs' health

Scientists and engineers with the St. Johns River Water Management District and University of Florida have completed a collaborative multi-year science investigation into the health of priority spring systems. The partnership was launched in 2014 to develop an enhanced scientific foundation to help identify the most effective projects and strategies to protect or restore the district’s Outstanding Florida Springs.

“The state of Florida and the St. Johns River Water Management District have made protection of Florida’s Outstanding Florida Springs one of our highest priorities,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann B. Shortelle. “The challenge for water managers is finding a balance that provides environmental protection while also meeting people’s water needs and allowing for continued enjoyment of these unique natural resources. As a result of this cutting-edge effort, our path forward on springs protection and restoration will continue to be informed by the very latest science.”

In 2014, the district launched the three‑year investigation and engaged the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the UF Water Institute to assist with research, experimentation, data collection and analysis. The partnership is called the Collaborative Research Initiative on Sustainability and Protection of Springs, or CRISPS.