Florida Headwater Streams
On February 04, 2015 at 08:19PM, Tom at Watery Foundation published the following article:
William White and Thomas Crisman have a new paper that inventories and classifies Florida headwater streams. They counted and classified 5,829 headwater streams north of 27.41 N latitude (near Sebring). South of that latitude, there was “extensive development of canals, and nearly total channelization of natural streams.”
Headwaters with wetland sources were by far the most common, followed by seeps, lakes, and springs. The Panhandle region had the highest density of headwater streams.
Because headwater stream sources are like the “alveoli of lungs,” with high biodiversity and endemic species, the “conservation of panhandle streams is greatly needed.”