Notes from Florida DEP Secretary Mimi Drew

Since the launch of Florida’s Water: Ours to Protect, thousands of visitors have enjoyed this comprehensive and educational website. Students, teachers, Floridians and visitors can each use it to learn more about the challenges and victories of Florida’s water story.

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Florida DEP Secretary Mimi Drew

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection designed this website to help Floridians learn more about watersheds and what we, along with local governments, water management districts and citizens, are doing to help protect drinking water and restore rivers.

Florida leads the nation in the commitment of financial resources to protect drinking water and restore water quality in rivers, lakes and streams. Each day, thousands of professionals and stakeholders work to ensure clean water flows from our taps and that we are protecting and restoring water quality in Florida waters.

Florida leads the nation in the commitment of financial resources to protect drinking water and restore water quality in rivers, lakes and streams.

Every individual in Florida has a role to help protect and maintain good water quality. It is important to understand the water cycle, and how one individual action, such as over-fertilizing a lawn, can trigger downstream impacts like an algae bloom.

Florida is blessed with a wide variety of ecosystems, but all of them depend on water. Protecting these fragile environments can't be done by government alone. Environmental education is a critical component to ensuring that the next generation understands the linkages between personal actions and environmental impacts.

Please take time to learn more about watershed protection and become active in protecting Florida's great water resources. You can start now by simply referring this site to your friends and family members.

Thank you for taking the time to visit ProtectingOurWater.org.

Mimi Drew
Secretary
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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