What is AquiferWatch

In Florida groundwater is the source of greater than 90% of our drinking water supplies.  It is also the main source of irrigation water and the water used for Florida’s industries.

Florida has several fresh-water aquifers and the Floridan aquifer system is one of the most productive aquifer systems on earth.  Detailed scientific data obtained from the aquifers are expensive to collect.  As such, sufficient data for the sound management of our aquifers are not always collected.  Additional data can enhance the ability of researchers and government agencies to properly manage Florida’s groundwater resources.

AquiferWatch is dedicated to assist in educating the citizens about the fundamental concepts of groundwater and to encourage the use of volunteers in the monitoring of it.  AquiferWatch facilitates “hands-on” citizen participation in the management of Florida’s groundwater through monthly monitoring activities.

AquiferWatch enables the Florida public to be involved in a cooperative teamwork approach to solving aquifer water quantity and quality problems, by vastly increasing the amount of data generated each year.  The information generated from the program is made available to anyone who wants it, including the volunteers themselves, interested citizens, schools, as well as governmental and regulatory agencies.

AquiferWatch provides citizens with educational material to foster a better understanding of Florida’s groundwater, which is essential for the long-term sustainability of Florida.  We produce and make available circulars on groundwater-related topics and post online newsletters at least twice each year.