Spanish moss hanging from an oak tree Spanish moss hangs from a tree; photo by Dave Rau

In recent years the number of people living in the Alafia River watershed has increased dramatically.

The growth in population and development has been especially active in the area from the river’s mouth to the point where it forks off to the North and South Prongs. Unfortunately, the migration of people from rural areas to suburbs and satellite communities can cause a reduction in the amount of wildlife habitat. It can also degrade the natural beauty of an area while, at the same time, create a greater demand on our water resources.


The District is taking steps to meet increased demands for water and protect natural ecosystems within the watershed. Water quality is monitored and minimum flows and levels for the river are being established. Conservation campaigns and educational programs help to inform the public about the watershed and encourage water conservation. In addition, the District has purchased several tracts of land in the area to protect, restore and manage natural systems. As a result, plants and animals that live on these lands are also protected and the public can enjoy recreational activities in the great outdoors.

yellow leaf on a hiking trail

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