The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is dedicated to protecting Southwest Florida’s water resources. Abundant clean water is the foundation of our region’s environment, quality of life, and economy.
Our very existence depends on water for everyday consumption, commerce, recreation and the overall economic vitality of the region. Many of our natural treasures also rely on clean water - our beaches, native wildlife, marine life, sea grasses, mangroves and plants.
Over 90 percent of Florida’s drinking water supply is dependent on aquifers, underground groundwater storage areas that collect water which seeps from the surface. That means we also depend heavily on rainfall in order to replenish the aquifer system. While much of Florida gets potable water from the deep Floridan aquifer, Southwest Florida relies on a surficial aquifer system for drinking water supplies.
Surface waters and wetlands play a significant role in replenishing aquifer systems, and wetlands provide natural filtration of pollutants. Unfortunately, increasing development in urban and rural areas, drainage and filling of wetlands, mining and oil drilling activities, lax or unenforced regulations, stormwater runoff from urban and agricultural sources, over-allocation of consumptive use permits to industry activities, and a host of other pressures threaten Southwest Florida’s water resources.
As Florida continues to grow, these issues cannot go unaddressed if the region is to have a sustainable supply of clean water for both our human population and the unique habitats, wildlife and recreational opportunities which are enjoyed by current residents and visitors.
Water policy addresses the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water. In other words, we need the right amount of clean water - at the right times and equitably distributed - in order to sustain Southwest Florida’s human population and natural systems.
To promote better water management, the Conservancy works with stakeholders and decision-makers to ensure that stringent water management tools and best practices are in place and utilized. Our policy positions are legally sound and based on the best-available science.
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