Protecting Surface Waters
Learn about the health of our surface water ecosystems and the regulatory programs for protecting these waters. This site also explains the importance of aquatic plants and vegetated buffers.
Monitoring Programs and Data
Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) has been monitoring water quality in selected streams and lakes throughout Alachua County since the 1970's. The current program includes quarterly sampling of over 30 sites for nutrients, fecal coliform bacteria, inorganic indicators, and flow.
Gainesville Clean Water Partnership
The Gainesville Clean Water Partnership was officially formed in 2001, when Alachua County, the City of Gainesville, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) signed an interlocal agreement for the joint implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Separate Stormwater Systems (MS4) program in the Gainesville Urbanized Area. Visit this site to learn about our urban creeks!
Two-page fact sheets discuss nutrient concentration, flow, and fun facts for water resources in Alachua County.
Bivens Arm is a unique environment which supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life in an urban setting.
Stormwater can be a source of pollution! It often contains elevated fecal coliform abundance and nutrient concentrations. Simple actions such as diverting downspout to yard or scooping dog poop, will help reduce sources of pollution. Click here to read more.
Report Sink Holes
Sink holes can introduce untreated stormwater rapidly to the Floridan Aquifer. Read this sink hole fact sheet and report newly observed sink holes by filling out this form.