Watershed Management

Watershed Management

Altamonte Springs is fortunate to have seventeen named lakes and nearly a 6 mile stretch of the Little Wekiva River within our city limits. These water resources play a vital role in our daily lives and are a fundamental component of our area’s ecological integrity. Depending on their size and location, recreational activities vary from lively water-skiing, wave-running to canoeing, and serene bird-watching.

Like many communities, the major contributing factor in the health of all our water bodies comes from pollutants that are carried in stormwater runoff within a watershed. A watershed is the area of land where stormwater drains to a common waterway (pond, lake, or river). For most of the City, that common waterway is one of those seventeen lakes and the Little Wekiva River. The Little Wekiva River eventually flows to the Wekiva River and the St. John’s River.

The City’s role in surface water management:

  • Surface Water Quality Monitoring and Watershed Atlas
  • Aquatic Plant Management
  • Waterfront Improvement Activity Permitting
  • NPDES Compliance

We rely on our residents and business owners to do their part in preventing pollutants from entering the stormwater system. The following programs and tips offer an avenue for residents and business owners to get involved and be a part of the solution: