Florida: Water Rich - Water Poor

Authors: Robert Sirk*, Austin Peay State University
Topics: Environment, Resources, Environmental Science
Keywords: Keywords: cyanobacteria, Floridian Aquifer System, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), intrusion
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Taylor, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Robert A. Sirk, Austin Peay State University. Email: sirkr@apsu.edu. Florida: Water Rich – Water Poor
In a situation reminiscent of California, Florida, the nation’s third most populous state, is facing a growing water crisis. Like California’s hydrology, north Florida has the water via surface flows and the Floridian Aquifer; south Florida has the greater water demand. What results is an over watered north and a water starved south. Demand crosses economic, human and physical environment with a need only satisfied for both by complex distribution systems. Increasingly, both live-and-die by flows. Coupled with issues of global warming-induced sea level rise, Florida’s surface and groundwater dependence comes with expense to its environment and the potential for: saltwater intrusion; water mining, and toxic cyanobacterial blooms. Utilizing recent environmental data, the presentation highlights Florida distribution and use trends, as well as likely potential hazards to this use and potential water use shortfalls.

Keywords: cyanobacteria, Floridian Aquifer System, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), intrusion

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