Join Polk County 4-H for a family day camp to celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month!
Every July is Lakes Appreciation Month, let's celebrate by learning about our local lakes!
Polk County is home to over 500 named lakes. This July learn how ... READ MORE
For years, scientists questioned the ability of stormwater ponds to keep nutrients out of lakes and rivers. Turns out, they were right to be suspicious, new University of Florida research shows.
Stormwater ponds are built to prevent soil ... READ MORE
Florida LAKEWATCH is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates "hands-on" citizen participation in the management of Florida waters. Collectively, volunteers have gathered accurate water quality data on over 2,700 aquatic ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS Extension has science-based resources on a variety of topics for teachers, parents and kids. From insects to robotics, plants to manatees, we have curriculum, videos, and coloring sheets you can use! This page will be updated as more ... READ MORE
From freshwater lakes to vast underground aquifers, central Florida has a wealth of water resources. Water sources can be split into groundwater and surface water.
Over 90% of Florida's drinking water comes from underground aquifers. ... READ MORE
Where Do You Live?
Where do you live? Think about that for a moment - it is a rather easy question to answer. I commonly ask this question at different programs. Most of the time I get responses associated with geopolitical boundaries or locations ... READ MORE
Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved ... READ MORE
Round flotation devices are showing up in lakes in St Lucie West. What are they? What's going on?
Residents of St Lucie West might notice the new limnocorrals installed in the lakes in Country Club Estates, Kings Isle and the Cascades neighborhoods. ... READ MORE
Polk County and Florida LAKEWATCH are looking for volunteers for 22 Polk County Lakes! Lakewatch is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates "hands-on" citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes, rivers and ... READ MORE