Florida 2070/Water 2070

Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities

Promoting Informed Public Policy

1000 Friends of Florida, the University of Florida GeoPlan Center and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partnered to produce Florida 2070/Water 2070 in 2016. This ground-breaking project has revealed that if we keep developing the way we do now, by 2070 more than a third of Florida’s lands will be developed and development-related water demand will more than double. On the other hand, if we promote more compact development patterns and increase protected natural lands, we will save 1.8 million acres of land development and conserve an additional 5.8 million acres of natural and agricultural land.

The bottom line is that local governments should consider the long view, even when making development decisions on small tracts of land. The cumulative effect of multiple small land use changes will, over time, shape the future landscapes of Florida for better or worse. Strategies to save special places include protecting vital conservation, agricultural and other working lands like those on Florida Forever and Florida Greenways lists, supporting funding for greenways and corridors that protect wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities, establishing incentives and increasing funding to help land owners conserve important agricultural lands and other working landscapes, and working to significantly lessen the impact of new development on Florida’s lands and waters.

Florida 2070 Projections

2010
Baseline

2070
Trend

2070
Alternative

Developed Projected Other
Agriculture Other

1000 Friends of Florida, the University of Florida GeoPlan Center and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partnered to produce Florida 2070/Water 2070. This ground-breaking project has revealed that if we keep developing the way we do now, by 2070 more than a third of Florida’s lands will be developed and development-related water demand will more than double. On the other hand, if we promote more compact development patterns and increase protected natural lands, we will save 1.8 million acres of land from development and conserve an additional 5.8 million acres of natural and agricultural land.

The bottom line is that local governments should consider the long view, even when making development decisions on small tracts of land. The cumulative effect of multiple small land use changes will, over time, shape the future landscape of Florida for better or worse. Strategies to save special places include protecting vital conservation, agricultural and other working lands like those on Florida Forever and Florida Greenways lists, supporting funding for greenways and corridors that protect wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities, establishing incentives and increasing funding to help landowners conserve important agricultural lands and other working landscapes, and working to significantly lessen the impact of new development on Florida’s lands and waters.

Water 2070 Projections

2010
Baseline

2070
Trend

2070
Alternative

Developed Projected Other
Agriculture Other
(Total demand by census block in gallons per day, per acre)

Water 2070 reveals that development-related water demand will be the major driver of increased future water consumption in Florida. If we don’t change the way we develop land and consume water, this demand will more than double by 2070. The combination of more compact development patterns and a modest 20% increase in water conservation has the potential to reduce water use by more than a quarter in 2070. Already there are existing water supply shortages in some areas of the state. Promoting more compact development and significantly increasing water conservation efforts is essential if Florida is to accommodate 15 million more residents, maintain its agricultural productivity, and protect natural systems in 2070.

Citizens can help. Use Florida-Friendly Landscaping (TM) and other measures to seek or reduce or eliminate landscaping water use, lessen the need for irrigation by using the right plants in the right location and reduce stormwater runoff. If an irrigation system is used, make sure it is designed and calibrated for water efficiency. Use Florida Water Star certified appliances and more.