The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is recommending residents and businesses in Florida's Lower West Coast practice water conservation measures to protect the region's aquifers. In Florida, most of the fresh water we use comes from underground aquifers.
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today declared April to be Water Conservation Month, an annual declaration highlighting the District's efforts with communities, utilities, and local partners to encourage water conservation efforts.
Demand for water is projected to increase by 533 million gallons per year (15 percent increase) Districtwide over the next 20 years. These projected demands could be reduced by using water more efficiently through conservation measures.
Biologists are often approached by people asking them to identify animals and plants they have photographed with their phones. Most biologists love helping others to identify these organisms because it’s fun to share their knowledge and bond over a common interest – but did you know that it’s possible to have the expertise of a biologist at your fingertips?
Approximately 37,000 wading bird nests were initiated during the year, according to the 2019 South Florida Water Management District Annual South Florida Wading Bird Report. Wading birds, one of the bellwether species used by scientists to gauge the overall health of ecosystems, are studied each year to count the number of nests and determine the success of their nesting activity.
Native Florida fauna species pictured from top-down: Florida panther; Florida Scrub Jay; Florida Manatee.