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Water Programs

Water Programs

Water in the Environment: Surface Waters


Florida springs occur where water in the aquifer flows from underground onto the land surface, forming pools that flow into spring-run streams.

Water rushing over rocks in a stream; photo by Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS


Florida has hundreds of natural freshwater lakes, the largest being Lake Okeechobee and Lake Apopka. Many small, artificial lakes have been constructed to treat stormwater.

Rivers and Streams

Florida has many freshwater rivers and streams, the longest being the St. Johns, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and the Suwannee, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.