“Bartram’s River Runs Through It”

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida, although every day of every month should hold this designation! Dr. Jennifer Mitchell of the St. Johns River Water Management District presented a program highlighting the importance of protecting Florida’s valuable aquifer.More than 90 percent of people in northeast and east-central Florida use groundwater, which comes from an aquifer, as their water supply.

· The largest aquifer in the southeastern United States is the Floridan.

· The Floridan aquifer averages 1,000 feet thick, and freshwater can extend to a depth of 2,000 feet below land surface. Freshwater is thickest in the central portions of the state and rapidly thins toward the coast and the south.

Florida is surrounded on 3 sides by water, so what’s the concern? The second Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principle is “Water Efficiently.” Research this principle and follow the guidelines.