Water Quality

Finding Florida's pure nature

Florida’s coasts are legendary for their beauty. To find Florida's most pure nature, however, one must adventure through Central Florida’s lakes, rivers and springs. Central Florida residents have a unique responsibility to maintain this environmental heritage we call home. The Lake Cane Restoration Society’s approach to exceeding standard Water Quality measures is to organize citizens as scientists, data collectors and Florida Friendly planters. We employ our time, expertise and enthusiasm toward educating all stakeholders in sustaining Lake Cane as a swimmable, a fishable and, in the future, a drinkable lake.

Adapting best lake management practices, the Lake Cane Restoration Society eagerly works with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division and the City of Orlando Public Works Department, the Florida LAKEWATCH program, the Florida Native Plant Society, the Edith Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Rollins College, the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association and the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation.

Our Water Testing

What if we could expand Florida’s water testing capacity with a network of hundreds of people who consider Florida’s beautiful lakes and the water in them a top priority?
We decided to find out.

Our Lake Cane water quality testing sites.


Our swimmers to the rescue!

Testing Lake Cane’s water monthly, our volunteers take samples and submit them to labs. The resulting data is available for everyone to view and download.
Wondering how Lake Cane is doing? Currently, Lake Cane is classified as mid eutrophic. This means the lake has some nutrients in it, which support a solid plant and algae population, but not so strong that it does not provide for fish (fish compete with plants and algae for oxygen). We consider the lake as healthier than it was during this same time last year!

Our testing volunteers produce valuable data like this....