Intermediate Aquifer

Sandwiched between the Floridan and Surficial Aquifers, the aptly-named Intermediate Aquifer is a major part of Florida’s water Supply from Tampa to Naples along the southwest coast. | Aquifers | Biscayne | Floridan | Intermediate | Surficial | Springs | Estuaries and coast | Water bodies | Florida’s water districts

Intro - The Southwest Aquifer?

Possibly Florida's least famous aquifer, and maybe misnamed

By Robert V. Sobczak

Southwest Florida is famously ...

Hard to define.

Sometimes its used to mean Lee and Collier Counties. Other times people think about the Southwest Florida Water Management District (dubbed Swift Mud), while still others are not sure what to think other than its not Miami and probably south of the Panhandle. With that in mind, that's where I'm thinking Florida's Intermediate Aquifer can stake its claim to fame. Reaching north to Tampa Bay and including the Peace River Valley, the Caloosahatchee and the Big Cypress Swamp, the Intermediate Aquifer does what no surface watershed can do. Now, had we only named it the Southwest Florida Aquifer (sigh). Or is it still too late to rename the area from Naples to Tampa "Intermediate Florida?" Don't say no right away, let's think about it.

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