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Volusia Blue Spring minimum flow regime

The St. Johns River Water Management District approved a minimum flow regime for Blue Spring and Blue Spring Run in December 2006. The adoption of a minimum flow regime for Blue Spring protects the spring from a reduction in flows that could threaten its water resource values and functions, including its use as a reliable winter warm-water refuge by manatees.

In November 2013, the District’s Governing Board approved a comprehensive strategy to protect Blue Spring and six Volusia County lakes from current and potential impacts of groundwater withdrawals. The Volusia minimum flows and levels (MFLs) pre­vention and recovery strategy calls for groundwater withdrawals to be maintained at or below sustainable limits, or for impacts from groundwater withdrawals to be offset through reuse of reclaimed water, aquifer recharge and water supply projects, as well as through conservation and regulatory measures. Projects and meas­ures proposed in the strategy are designed to ensure MFLs in Blue Spring and the affected lakes (other than Indian Lake) continue to be achieved and to meet future water demands for public water supply utilities and other water users throughout Volusia County. They will also help recover the MFL for Indian Lake.

A manatee and calf seek refuge in the warmer waters of Blue Spring Run

Manatees seek refuge in the warmer waters of Blue Spring Run.


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