Florida Lakeside Living

 Let’s Celebrate…Lakes 

With more than 7,800 naturally occurring lakes, Florida is among  25 States nationwide which have submitted proclamations in support of Lakes Appreciation month, observed each summer in July. Through the University of Florida/IFAS LAKEWATCH©  program, Florida residents can participate in  monthly volunteer  activities which help to improve water quality by monitoring the health of Florida’s lakes, estuaries, rivers, and springs. To help preserve water quality it is also recommended that if you live close to a waterbody, your septic tank should be inspected every 3 to 5 years.

Other lake-appreciation activities recommended by the North American Lake Management Society include:

  • Organize a shoreline cleanup, go birding, or take pictures at a lake or pond.
  • Organize a lake field trip for students or community clubs.
  • Organize a hike or biking event with a focus on your local lake.
  • Contact LAKEWATCH©  or your local lake agency about volunteering to help monitor your local waterbody or watershed.
  • Enjoy your local lake, pond, or reservoir with fun summertime activities, such as fishing, boating, kayaking, or canoeing.
  • Volunteer with a watershed storm drain stenciling program.
  • Draw or paint a lake scene for your home or office.

To learn more, click on this link to visit the Lakewatch website.



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Posted: May 14, 2024

Category: Natural Resources
Tags: Citrus County, Fishing, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Kayak, Kayaking, Lakes, Lakewatch, Living Shoreline, Natural Resources

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