Sediment and Vegetation Study
The goals of this study were to:
- Calculate the quantity of lake bottom sediment
- Calculate the area and volume of generalized vegetation classifications
- Analyze selected physical and chemical properties of sediments from the 15 specific lakes located within the chain
- Categorize the vegetation in the fifteen specific lakes located within the chain
To achieve these goals, the FWC commissioned this Diagnostic Survey of Sediment and Vegetation on the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes (the Study), which included literature review, data collection, sediment sampling, laboratory analysis, vegetation classification, hydrographic surveying, mapping, and reporting.
The results of the Study are presented in the following reports.
- Volume 1 Study
- Volume 2 - Hernando Pool Study
- Volume 3 - Inverness Pool Study
- Volume 4 - Floral City Pool Study
The following 15 lakes make up the Tsala Apopka chain. An extensive network of structures divides the lakes into three primary pools.
Floral City Pool
For each of the above lakes, the project team reviewed available data; determined work area boundaries; collected and mapped depths to the top of sediment and bottom of sediment; classified, mapped, and computed tussock volumes; and collected and analyzed multiple sediment samples. Methodologies and analyses completed for each lake are summarized below and supported by the attached appendices.