Florida Lake Regions:
A Classification System - Where Does Your Lake Fit In?

With more than 7800 lakes in the state and a limited number of lake management professionals available, the task of creating a lake management plan for every lake is simply not feasible. The Florida Lake Region classification system was initiated to provide a framework of the different types of lakes in the state so that management plans can be developed for groups of lakes with similar characteristics.

This classification system was created by grouping lakes based on similarities in physiography, geology, soils, hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation, and climate. It was a cooperative effort involving the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and researchers at the University of Florida's Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Data used for the project were collected from hundreds of lakes in Florida, by scientists, students, and citizen volunteers. The three-year project resulted in the definition of 47 regions, which are described in a final report, Lake Regions of Florida (Griffith, G.E., et al. 1997), published by the U.S. EPA (EPA/R-97/127).

Florida Lake Regions: A Classification SystemClick here to view a 2 page, easy to read flyer from Florida Lakewatch about the Lake Classification System.



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