Salt water intrusion inland is worse than you think, including the
“Apalachicola salinity feature”
up to the GA-FL line and east through Lowndes County,
with a special additional
brackish Valdosta feature.
Central north Florida is an island of fresh groundwater surrounded by
entire saline Florida coast around from Alabama plus across to Brunswick, GA,
then again from Savannah up past Charleston.
South of Lakeland, FL the map is all red for saline.
Salt water and other solids are coming up in Florida wells far inland from the sea,
right up to the state line, and it probably doesn’t stop there.
The problem is worse on the coasts and in south Florida, but
north central Florida is not immune, judging by these
preliminary maps by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Likely culprits would seem to include overpumping. Continue reading →