Rivers And Springs

By : Daniela Almeida

Facts About Florida Springs

  • Florida's Springs Are Found Mostly In North And North-Central Florida.
  • Springs Have Tremendous Environmental, Economic, Aesthetic, And Historic Value.
  • Florida's Concentration Of Springs Is Unique

Rivers


  1. Suwannee River
  2. Withlacoochee River
  3. Little Manatee River
  4. Blackwater River
  5. Ocklawaha River
  6. Myakka River
  7. The Peace River
  8. Santa Fe River
  9. Apalachicola River
  10. St. Johns River

Facts about rivers in florida

  • Rivers Normally Contain fresh Water
  • Rivers have many uses which include fishing, bathing, transport, rafting and swimming among others.

  • Your water may be coming from a local river

Food Web

BIOTIC FACTORS

*VEGETATION/ALGAE: At least 130 species of aquatic plants in rivers, streams, and adjacent marshes; numerous planktonic algal species in larger, slow-flowing rivers and various kinds of springs.


*FAUNA: Immature stages of many insects and extensive snail and mollusc fauna in rivers; crayfish common in clear, spring-fed rivers; at least 126 native fish species, with greatest number in west; Okaloosa darter, shortnose sturgeon, and West Indian manatee considered endangered.


*HUMAN IMPACTS: Channelization, dredging, diversion, and dam construction; introduction of exotic plant and fish species; removal of groundwater, followed by saltwater intrusion; industrial pollution.

ABIOTIC FACTORS

*SUBSTRATE:Often sandy, but sometimes exposed limestone, silt, or clay.


*TOPOGRAPHY/HYDROLOGY:Most rivers and streams slow flowing; some panhandle rivers originate at higher elevations and are faster flowing; most springs are artesian. Of 24 major rivers, 21 flow south or west to the Gulf, 2 flow north and east to the Atlantic, and one flows south to Lake Okeechobee.


*PROCESSES/DYNAMICS/ABIOTIC FACTORS:Most rivers and streams slow flowing; some panhandle rivers originate at higher elevations and are faster flowing; most springs are artesian. Of 24 major rivers, 21 flow south or west to the Gulf, 2 flow north and east to the Atlantic, and one flows south to Lake Okeechobee.