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Interested in how to improve the water quality in Bear Lake? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visit these sites below:
  • Florida Lakewatch
    Florida Lakewatch is hosted by the University of Floridaís Dept. of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The Lakewatch is a volunteer citizen lake monitoring program that works directly with citizens who live (or use) lakes, rivers and waterways and are willing to participate in a long term monitoring effort. The site posts data collected related to this monitoring as well as fish data, aquatic bird surveys, and bathymetric maps for the lakes in Florida. There is extensive information available for anyone interested in joining the Florida Lakewatch as well.
  • Seminole County Public Works
    Seminole County Public Works is also co-sponsored by the Florida Lakewatch. This site contains information about the Lakewatch Stormwater Capital Improvement Program, water quality and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). There is a watershed atlas that allows exploration of counties water resources, documents and metadata for scientists, documents on watershed management and news and events.
  • Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection
    Florida Dept. of Environmental Protectionís website lists information on various programs including Stormwater Pollution Prevention, stormwater discharge, watershed management, Florida Wetlands Restoration and Wetland Evaluation & Delineation Program. The site posts monitoring data produced from these programs and also has a section devoted to water policy and drinking water.
  • The Storm Water Managerís Resource Center
    This is a site designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that need technical assistance on stormwater management issues. The site has everything you need on one site, a watershed protection library, stormwater slide shows, a manual builder, ordinance selector, monitoring and assessment program resources and assorted fact sheets.
  • The Center for Watershed Protection
    This is a non-profit organization that provides local governments, activists and watershed organizations with technical tools for protecting streams, lakes and rivers. The site details strategies for watershed protection that encompasses watershed planning, watershed restoration, stormwater management, watershed research, site design, education and outreach and watershed training.
  • St. John's River Water Management District
    Florida is divided into five water management districts, which are dedicated to the preservation and management of Florida's precious water resources. The St. Johns River Water Management District is responsible for managing ground and surface water supplies in all or part of 18 counties in northeast and east-central Florida. More than 700 dedicated staff members do this each day from offices in Palatka, Jacksonville, Altamonte Springs, and Palm Bay




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