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Water Policy and Planning: UF/IFAS Outreach Materials

A snorkler submerged in Florida river; photo by Tyler Jones, UF/IFASOverview of Various Water Policy Instruments

Economic Value of Water Resources

Floridians benefit from a variety of goods and services provided by nature, including drinking and irrigation water withdrawn from underground (i.e., aquifers), nature-based tourism opportunities provided by springs, lakes, and rivers with adjacent green spaces, and flood protection and water purification provided by swampy areas. What is the value of such goods and services? Answering this question provides a bases for water management decisions.