National Water Quality Month offers a chance to reflect on Florida’s pristine waterways
Florida is one of the nation’s flagship locations for clean, beautiful water. Whether it’s a beach, river, lake or stream, you can experience the top-notch natural waters at many of Florida’s state parks.
Mangroves in Florida
Mangrove trees in Florida play such a key role in keeping our water clean that they are protected by law. They provide many benefits to the environment, including:
Serving as nesting areas.
Providing habitat for fish.
Improving the quality of coastal waters.
There are three varieties of mangrove trees that are native to Florida: red, white and black. Non-native mangroves found in Florida include the large leaf mangrove and Asian black mangrove.
One of the easiest ways to keep our parks and waters clean is to use the new water bottle refilling stations provided by Duke Energy Florida in partnership with the Florida State Parks Foundation and Florida State Parks.
By reducing waste and encouraging the use of reusable water bottles, you can help protect our aquatic ecosystems.
Whenever you visit Florida State Parks, it is important to remember these safety tips:
Bring drinking water in a reusable container, use sun protection and wear comfortable shoes.
Give wildlife plenty of space by remaining at least 25 yards away. If you are close enough for a selfie, you are too close. Binoculars will help you see wildlife from a distance.
Do not attempt to feed wild animals. It's dangerous for you and for the animals.
Set off on your next adventure and remember, you too can reduce by reuse!