Why Is Land Acquisition Important?
Land acquisition and conservation is a critical component for protecting the quality of drinking water supplies and recharge lands. Protecting our precious source waters is critical to maintain a safe and abundant drinking water supply.
For Water Protection: There's a natural connection in Florida between water and land. Land catches and absorbs rainfall, holding it in lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. While on land, water has time to slowly seep into groundwater aquifers, replenishing our drinking water supply.
For Conservation and Restoration: Caring for the land requires an ongoing commitment to protect water resources, native plant communities, fish and wildlife populations and natural features of the land.
For Public Use and Recreation: Providing public access to public lands is mandated by the state. We cooperate with other agencies to develop recreational access sites and appropriate facilities that are compatible with protecting our natural resources.