Our waters are under constant threat from an increasing population, leading to increased nutrients, pollution and loss of habitat.
Project H2O is working to benefit all of Volusia County waters.
Home to three beautiful springs, Blue Spring, Gemini Springs, and DeLeon Springs, Volusia County is surely a treasure to behold. Unfortunately, these springs are under attack from excess nutrients, and the overuse and removal of spring water.
For more information on Florida’s springs, please visit http://www.floridasprings.org/
The St. Johns River stretches along the western coast of Volusia County as it travels north from the Indian River Lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. Like so many other water bodies stressed from poor water quality from nutrient inputs and an expanding population, the St. Johns River is no different.
For more information on the St. Johns River, please visit http://www.sjrwmd.com/
Florida has many lakes and ponds that are brimming with life. From the largest species, such as alligators, to birds, fish, turtles and reptiles, our lakes represent thriving inland ecosystems often found in our own backyards. Without shoreline grasses to serve as protection zones for fertilizer runoff, nutrients can move into lakes and invite the growth of algae, which can compromise the health of many aquatic species.
For more information please visit http://www.sjrwmd.com/
Estuaries serve as the nurseries to the ocean. More than 70 percent of all creatures that live in the ocean begin their lives in these bodies of water. Estuaries are typically more protected than the ocean and offer abundant food for growing species. Mother dolphins and manatees can be spotted with their nursing calves in these more shallow water bodies.
For more information please visit http://www.irlcouncil.com/
Our East Coast shoreline is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, which serves as home for animals ranging from the North Atlantic Right Whale, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin and Loggerhead sea turtles to Florida lobsters, horseshoe crabs and jellyfishes. The ocean is home to coral reefs, sargassum beds and an ocean river – the Gulf Stream — which may deliver sea beans and drift seeds from the Caribbean to the shores of Europe.
For more information please visit http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/