Stop Saltwater Intrusion in Freshwater Springs

Target: Candie Fuller, Inspector General of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Goal: Combat saltwater intrusion and protect Florida’s freshwater springs.

Florida’s unique freshwater springs are an ecological treasure and a source of pride for residents and visitors alike. However, these natural wonders face a growing threat—saltwater intrusion. This insidious process, driven by rising sea levels and excessive groundwater pumping, endangers the delicate balance of freshwater springs.

Saltwater intrusion compromises the health of these springs, altering their ecosystems and imperiling the myriad species that rely on them. As saltwater encroaches into the underground aquifers that feed these springs, it diminishes water quality and threatens the very existence of these vital habitats.

The consequences of inaction are dire. Saltwater intrusion not only harms the natural environment but also impacts local communities that depend on these springs for drinking water and tourism revenue. This issue demands immediate attention and action.

Sign the petition below to demand the Florida Department of Environmental Protection take swift and comprehensive action to combat saltwater intrusion, safeguard freshwater springs, and protect the ecosystems and communities that rely on them.


Dear Inspector General Fuller,

The freshwater springs of Florida are more than just natural wonders; they are the lifeblood of the ecosystem and a source of immense pride for the state. However, we are gravely concerned about the encroachment of saltwater into these delicate ecosystems.

Saltwater intrusion threatens to disrupt the balance of freshwater springs, endangering the rich biodiversity they support and compromising water quality. The consequences of inaction extend beyond the ecological realm, affecting the well-being of the communities that depend on these springs for their drinking water and economic vitality.

We urge you to take immediate and decisive action to combat saltwater intrusion. Implement measures to monitor, manage, and mitigate this threat, including reducing groundwater pumping and addressing the root causes of rising sea levels. Freshwater springs are too precious to lose, and we look to you to ensure they remain a vibrant and enduring part of Florida’s natural heritage.


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