- Weeki Wachee Springs are the headwaters of the Weeki Wachee River
- The headspring is home to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, which features a water park and the famous underwater mermaid show
- Located in Hernando County
- 260-square-mile springshed
The main challenges facing Weeki Wachee are:
- Elevated nitrate levels, which can be harmful to aquatic insects, amphibians and fish.
- Growth of filamentous Lyngbya algae, which can cause reduced water clarity and extreme fluctuations in dissolved oxygen, which is stressful to aquatic life.
- Bank erosion has increased sedimentation throughout the river, smothering aquatic vegetation and other beneficial habitats.
Through cooperation with other government agencies, these challenges are met by:
- Removing sediment and invasive algae in the headspring and downstream
- Improving stormwater systems to remove sediment and debris from runoff
- Revegetating with desirable submerged aquatic vegetation
Through the Weeki Wachee Stormwater and Restoration projects, successful implementation is indicated by:
- Improved water quality
- A decrease in nuisance plants and increases in desirable submerged aquatic vegetation
- Enhanced overall natural system
Future goals will be developed through an adaptive management process, always striving to help restore Florida’s natural ecosystems.