Coordinates: 29°43′26″N82°24′50″W / 29.7240°N 82.4140°W
|Headquarters||Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, 7922 NW 71st Street, Gainesville, Florida (the coordinates of the headquarters are above)|
Florida Lakewatch, established in 1986, is a number of things. It has grown since its inception to do a number of tasks, all concerned with the health of lakes and rivers in Florida. There are more than 5,400 lakes in Florida and a number of rivers. Florida Lakewatch is basically a volunteer water-monitoring program. This project is headquartered at Gainesville, Florida, within the campus of the University of Florida. Florida Lakewatch has in its history obtained funding from a number of sources, but currently is mostly funded by the state of Florida. This project accepts donations from private donors, as well.      
The Florida Lakewatch program provides support to citizens interested in monitoring lakes and providing data they collect for the program. The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of the University of Florida provides faculty, staff and laboratory support to more than 1,800 volunteers. Reliable water chemistry data has been collected from more than 1,000 lakes from at least fifty counties. Florida Lakewatch works directly with citizens who live on or use lakes, rivers or waterways and are willing to participate in a long-term monitoring effort. These volunteers must have access to a boat, since much of the data collection must be done away from lake shores. Florida Lakewatch has at least basic information on 5,420 lakes in Florida.   
Florida Lakewatch provides a variety of items useful to those interested in lakes. These include (all in the Florida Lakewatch website):
The Florida Lakewatch website contains links to the Florida Atlas of Lakes, produced by the University of South Florida's Water Atlas program. This program is supported by Florida Lakewatch and the Florida Lake Management Society. Through the Florida Atlas of Lakes seven county water atlases can be accessed. These are: the Polk County Water Atlas, the Hillsborough Water Atlas, the Pinellas County Water Atlas, the Sarasota County Water Atlas, the Seminole County Water Atlas, the Orange County Water Atlas, the Manatee County Water Atlas. 
Gainesville is the county seat of, and the largest city in, Alachua County, Florida, and is both the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida, metropolitan statistical area and the largest city in North Central Florida. In 2018 the US Census Bureau estimated Gainesville's population at 133,997, a 7.6% increase from 2010, and the metropolitan statistical area's population at 288,212.
WFTV, virtual channel 9, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Orlando, Florida, United States. The station is owned by Atlanta-based Cox Media Group, as part of a duopoly with independent station WRDQ. The two stations share studios on East South Street in downtown Orlando; WFTV's transmitter is located between Bithlo and Christmas.
Florida's 6th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Florida. The district stretches from the southern Jacksonville suburbs to New Smyrna Beach. It includes the city of Daytona Beach.
Lake Apopka is the fourth largest lake in the U.S. state of Florida. It is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Orlando, mostly within the bounds of Orange County, although the western part is in Lake County. Fed by a natural spring, rainfall and stormwater runoff, water from Lake Apopka flows through the Apopka-Beauclair Canal and into Lakes Beauclair and Dora. From Lake Dora, water flows into Lake Eustis, then into Lake Griffin and then northward into the Ocklawaha River, which flows into the St. Johns River.
The Florida Trail is one of eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States. It currently runs 1,000 miles (1,600 km), with 300 miles (480 km) planned, from Big Cypress National Preserve to Fort Pickens at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola Beach. Also known as the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Florida Trail provides permanent non-motorized recreation opportunity for hiking and other compatible activities and is within an hour of most Floridians. The Florida National Scenic Trail is designated as a National Scenic Trail by the National Trails System Act of 1968.
Richard Downing Pope Sr., better known as Dick Pope, was the founder of Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. He was also known as "Mr. Florida" and "Mr. Water Skiing." He played a key role in the development of tourism in the state of Florida, and in the growth of theme parks as tourist destinations. He was a highly accomplished athlete, and helped to popularize the sport of water skiing.
Lake Highland Preparatory School is a private, coeducational school in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1970 as a segregation academy, it is today the largest private school in Orlando and serves grades pre-K through 12.
Alligator Lake is a freshwater lake in Osceola County, Florida. In addition to alligators, it is home to largemouth bass, bluegill, bowfin, gar and redear sunfish. The lake is also known as the "Headwaters of the Everglades" despite its original name John Cordall Lake.
Lake Harney, named for General William S. Harney, is a lake that straddles the county line between Volusia County and Seminole County, Florida, at the coordinates latitude 28°45’21.404", longitude 81° 03’36.019". It is fed by the Saint Johns River which flows through central Florida and feeds many of the nearby lakes such as Lake Monroe.
Lake Clay, on the north edge of Lake Placid, Florida, has a surface area of 353.33-acre (1,429,900 m2). Lake Clay is almost completely surrounded by residences. Only a few small grassy undeveloped areas exist around the lake. Blue Lake (Florida), a small round lake, is 610 feet (190 m) west of Lake Clay.
Lake Josephine, which has three distinct bodies of water connected by narrow parts of the lake that are hardly wider than channels, has a total surface area of 1,248.87-acre (5,054,000 m2). Lake Josephine's south and west sides are bordered in most places by residential areas. The east shore is bordered by a mixture of residences and woods. The northeast shore is bordered by a part of Lake Josephine RV Resort and almost the entire north side of the lake is bordered by woods. Parts of the lake are swampy.
Lake Henry, a lake that borders on the northeast side of Winter Haven, Florida, has a surface area of 848-acre (3,430,000 m2). The southwest corner of the lake is inside the Winter Haven City limits. All of the south side of the lake is bordered by mobile home parks and housing developments. A part of the west side is bordered by a mobile home park, as is part of the north side of the lake. The rest of Lake Henry is bordered by wooded areas. The Polk County Water Atlas says Lake Henry is sometimes known as Lake Drane.
Grassy lake, also sometimes called Lake Grassy, is a long, narrow lake south of the city of Lake Placid, Florida. It has a surface area of 529.91-acre (2,144,500 m2). This lake's shore is 90% surrounded by development, mainly single-family housing. A small section of the southwest shore is bordered by U.S. Route 27.
Lake Placid, a gourd-shaped lake, has a surface area of 3,406.03 acres (13,783,700 m2). This lake is south of the city of Lake Placid, Florida; it is just outside the south city limits of the city. This lake was once known as Lake Childs. The area immediately surrounding it is mostly rural, but there are housing developments abutting the lake on part of its west side. Placid View Drive runs along part of the west side and Old State Route 8 runs along part of the east side.
The Clermont chain of lakes is a chain of lakes centered on Clermont, Florida. The chain is orientated from southeast to northwest and fed primarily by streams and groundwater flow. They make up the middle part of the Palatlakaha River watershed which forms the headwaters of the Ocklawaha River. The lakes are notable for their red to tea-colored water from tannic acid. US 27 parallels the chain to the east.
Clear Lake is a 357-acre (1,440,000 m2) freshwater lake located in central Orlando, Florida. This lake, somewhat lemon shaped, is surrounded by a residential area. A series of canals on the lake's southwest provide boat access for the houses there. John Young Parkway borders the lake on part of its west side. A very small portion of John Young Parkway crosses the extreme western part of Clear Lake.
Johnson Junior College, located at 1200 N. Beecher St. In Leesburg, Florida, opened its doors in 1962, for black students, at the same time as Lake-Sumter Junior College, for white students. It was designed to serve Lake and Sumter Counties. It was one of eleven black community colleges which were founded, at the urging of the Florida Legislature, in the late 1950s and early 1960s to show that a "separate but equal" educational system for blacks existed in Florida; the Legislature wished to avoid the integration mandated by the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. At the time, there was no nearby college for Negroes, and the distances and lack of funding effectively closed off most local Blacks from college.
Lake Osceola is a lake in Winter Park, Orange County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Silver Lake is an almost circular, natural freshwater lake in Lake County, Florida. Silver Lake Drive surrounds the lake. Much of it is surrounded by residences and private boat and fishing docks, which dot the lake. On the northeast is Silver Lake Country Club, on the southeast is the Lake-Sumter State College campus and a flight line of Leesburg International Airport. Also, inside the end of the flight line is the Leesburg Dog Park. All of the lake is inside the city of Silver Lake, Florida.
Lake Bennet, also spelled Bennett and also known as Lake Blanchard, is a somewhat kidney-shaped natural freshwater lake in Orange County, Florida. Florida State Road 50 travels over the south end of this lake. On the lake's northeast is the Lake Bennett Health & Rehabilitation Center. This lake is surrounded by commercial properties.