Florida is home to nearly 8,000 lakes, 1,700 rivers, streams, springs and spring runs, thousands of miles of man-made canals, and extensive wetlands. These waterways support a variety of natural functions such as fish and wildlife habitat and provide many human uses including navigation, recreation, irrigation, drinking water, and flood control.
Section 1 addresses native plants, their importance as a natural component of Florida waters, and how invasive plants, without management, can quickly overwhelm native vegetation and impair the uses and functions of Florida waters.
In this section, you will find an overview of the unique types of waterbodies found in Florida, and how their origins, morphometry (shape and dimensions), and chemical composition (nutrients, dissolved gases, microelements) interact to affect plant growth and abundance. This section also addresses how human activities create conditions in Florida waters that influence their susceptibility to native as well as invasive plant problems.