SPringsWatch: Wekiva River
This group is currently accepting volunteers!
This group requires the use of a canoe/watercraft, paddling experience is recommended but not necessary.
The Wekiva River is located roughly 17 miles north of Orlando. It is a major tributary to the St. Johns River, receiving over 50% of its flow from more than 30 artesian springs. The Wekiva River begins its flow at Wekiwa Spring, a second magnitude spring discharging over 43 million gallons per day. The Wekiva River is also fed by input from Rock Spring Run, which flows roughly 8.5 miles before meeting with the Wekiva River. Because of its natural beauty and cool waters, the Wekiva River is a popular place for recreation such as kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, and other water-related activities.
Volunteers with the Florida SpringsWatch program conduct monthly sampling along the upper Wekiva River. The map below shows each of the 8 river stations. Our Wekiva sampling group currently takes measurements for the following parameters: temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, and photo documentation of aquatic plants. The SpringsWatch program is a great way to get out to the springs, learn, and volunteer. If you would like to learn more about the data our volunteers are collecting, click on the report link below!
Click here to learn more or sign up for an upcoming SpringsWatch trip!
wekiva River SpringsWatch Data AND Monitoring summary ReportS
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Springswatch volunteer application form
*Groups with a wait list are at capacity and are currently not accepting new volunteers. If you wish to select one of these groups, we suggest applying for an additional group with no wait list to ensure you are able to participate in sampling as soon as possible. Apply for as many as you like!
Sampling at select groups is currently postponed due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Sampling at these groups will resume as soon as it is safe to do so!