When we hear of nutrients, we might think of nourishment, food, growth, and good health.
But when it comes to our natural springs and rivers, too many nutrients is not a good thing at all.
As the human population grows and builds, fertilizers and chemicals from our lawns run down into our groundwater, rivers and springs and cause excessive growth of algae in our natural waters. This abundance of algae blocks out the sunlight from the plant life below causing the vegetation to die off and the underwater wildlife that depends on it to starve. As a result, all of the wildlife that depends on fish for food is also affected.
A popular dictionary defines aquifer as simply “a body of permeable rock that can contain or transmit groundwater.” But the Floridan Aquifer is a complex network of underground—and underwater—caves and crevices that divers can actually swim through and explore for many miles! If you have not seen it, you should watch the documentary, Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida to see this amazing geographical world that is not far beneath our feet.
The Floridan Aquifer is underneath more than 100,000 square miles, spanning the entire state of Florida and well into four other Southeastern states.
Our aquifer is also the source of our drinking water and all of the water we use in our homes, at least here in Volusia County. It is also what our wells tap into for farming irrigation watering our lawns.