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Friday, September 30th, 2016

Florida Springs Restoration Summit

Runs through Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30 AM Friday, September 30 - 2:00 PM Sunday, October 2
Harvey R. Klein Conference Center, College of Central Florida; 3001 SW College Road; Ocala, FL 34474

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The Florida Springs Council, in cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club, Sea to Shore Alliance, and Normandeau Associates are hosting a three-day summit open to the public to report on the status of springs health in Florida and to develop a roadmap for springs restoration and protection.

The desired outcome for the 2016 summit is a highly-informed audience of decision makers, scientists, advocates, and laypersons who can work together to recognize the threats to Florida’s springs and follow through on implementing meaningful springs restoration and protection actions.

Additional information about this Summit is available on the event website (below).

More Information

Email | Web | Map

 

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Springs Eternal: Our Water, Our Future - Free Exhibit

Runs through Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 

Time & Place

Gateway Center for the Arts; 880 N. US Highway 17-82 DeBary, FL 32713

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The Springs EternalProject is an evolving series of creative partnerships initiated by Lesley Gamble, John Moran and Rick Kilby in collaboration with a diverse community of springs scientists, researchers, artists and advocates. Our goal is to inspire Floridians to value our springs and the diverse ecosystems they support as fundamental to the health and wellbeing of us all, human and non-human; to redefine these relationships in socially just and ecologically sustainable terms; and to work collaboratively to conserve, restore and protect Florida’s precious waters for our children and theirs, for generations to come.

The Springs Eternal Project is a celebration of the springs we were given, a meditation on the springs we could lose, and an invitation to the people of Florida to fall in love with our springs all over again, mindful that the choices we make today foretell the Florida of tomorrow.

Explore a wealth of stories, images and information about our Florida springs and aquifer. Access the experience and wisdom of a diverse group of people, all passionately committed to researching, enjoying and protecting Florida’s water. Discover why these springs are worth protecting and actions we can take, individually and collectively, to restore our springs and aquifer to vibrant, clear and sustainable health.

The individual springs featured here are selected from John Moran’s exhibition Springs Eternal, Rick Kilby’s Finding the Fountain of Youth, and Lesley Gamble’s Urban Aquifer: Vehicles to Think With. Click on the menu to the right, or on “featured springs” in the bar above to access a drop-down menu with links to each spring.

When Moran poses the question, “Who speaks for our springs?” it’s an invitation to you, to me, to all of us.

The first step is to listen to the springs themselves, to their many intricate languages: visual, biological, hydrological, geological. If you haven’t done so recently, visit a spring and Dive In! Enter the flickering prisms of light, drift with the pulsing eel grass or dart like a turtle through glittering fish. You might encounter a manatee, an otter, or the mysterious fabrications of nocturnal beavers. It’s still a glorious experience. But conditions aren’t what they should be. Suffering from pollution and loss of flow, our springs have a lot to tell us about the state of water here in Florida.

Next, listen to the humanvoices of the springs, the people who’ve been researching, representing and caring for our springs and Floridan Aquifer intimately, inside and out, for many years now. There’s a wealth of wisdom and experience in these pages. Contributors include biologists, hydrogeologists, environmental scientists, cave divers, artists, business owners, journalists, naturalists, springs advocates, government agency researchers and writers —people, perhaps like you, who are passionate about our springs and the Floridan Aquifer.

Finally, decide for yourselfhow you wish to respond to the current conditions. Will you be a voice? Will you speak up for our springs?

If your answer is yes, ask yourself how you can best use your time and talents on their behalf. Write and share a song or a story, create an app, stitch a quilt, paint a picture, take a photograph, make a video, contact your legislators, change your water habits to conserve more, join an advocacy group, adopt a spring, adopt a legislator, sponsor springs research, talk to your families/friends/co-workers/church members, support leaders who actively support protecting and restoring springs—and don’t forget to vote!

There are as many options as people who care. Right now, our springs need the best efforts of us all. We hope you’ll become a voice for our springs, too.

–Lesley Gamble

More Information

386-668-5553 | Web | Map

 

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Road; Tallahassee, FL 32305

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This is a meeting of the OSTDS Advisory Committee associated with the Wakulla Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). Septic systems were identified as contributors to water quality impairment of the Wakulla Springs system. Meeting items will include technical discussions on possible approaches for addressing onsite sewage treatment disposal system loadings to Wakulla Springs.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

DRAFT AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  2. Update/Action Items from Last Meeting

  3. New Items/Discussion

    1. Public Education for OSTDS Plan

    2. Science Needs for OSTDS Plan

    3. Draft Nitrogen Source Reduction Strategy

    4. Advanced Onsite Sewage Treatment Systems in Florida/Rule Making Updates – Dr. Xueqing Gao, Florida Department of Health

    5. Alternative Technologies for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) – Roxanne Groover, Florida Onsite Wastewater Association

  4. Public Comments

  5. Summary and Action Items

  6. Next Meeting Date

  7. Adjourn

More Information

Moira Homann | 850-245-8460 | Email | Web | Map

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP Meeting

Runs through Thursday, October 13th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30 AM EDT
Public Works West Altamonte Operations Facility (Lake Lotus Training Room); 950 Calabria Drive; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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The next Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) On-site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) Remediation Plan meeting is scheduled for October 13. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a meeting of the OSTDS advisory committee associated with the Wekiva BMAP. Meeting items will include technical discussions on possible approaches for addressing onsite sewage treatment disposal system loadings to the Wekiva basin.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

DRAFT AGENDA

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

2. Update/Action Items from Last Meeting

3. New Items/Discussion a. Public Education for Remediation Plan

b. OSTDS Projects for Remediation Plan

c. Science Needs for Remediation Plan

d. Advanced Onsite Sewage Treatment Systems in Florida/Rule Making Updates – Dr. Xueqing Gao, Florida Department of Health

e. Alternative Technologies for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) – Roxanne Groover, Florida Onsite Wastewater Association

4. Public Comments

5. Summary and Action Items

6. Adjourn

More Information

Moira Homann | 850-245-8460 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs Run

 

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

The Water Festival

Runs through Sunday, October 16th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Earl Brown Park / Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center; 815 S Alabama Ave, DeLand, FL 32724

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The City of DeLand, the Blue Spring Alliance, Publix and Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, in line with a shared mission to protect, conserve and rejuvenate our precious Spring and water resources, will present a community wide festival celebrating “Water in Art.” The festival will focus on the restoration and conservation of our Springs, as the living window into the health of our aquifer, the common source from which we get our water, and will provide an opportunity to educate a new audience of all ages and demographics.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has warned that Florida is facing a water shortage of at least one billion gallons a day by 2030. In Central Florida alone, that shortage could reach 250 million gallons per day.

Locally, concerning more than 100,000 people that live in the 140-square-mile Blue Spring Basin, this unifying educational event will help to foster an open conversation among citizens, government and industry of the critical need to value our shared water resources. In creating awareness and active concern, we will strengthen the health of our local Springs from which 90% of Floridians drink, ensuring the abundance, quality and enjoyment of our natural water for the future generations of our children.

The Water Festival will be a community-wide festival with the 2016 theme, “Water in Art.” This free, public event will include live music, dancing, a DJ, art exhibits, fun activities for all ages, food trucks and an impressive line-up of nationally-recognized speakers. See the Schedule of Events page for more information.

This event is free to the public.

More Information

Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Volusia Blue Spring, Manatees

 

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Joint Crystal River/Kings Bay and Weeki Wachee Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EDT
Southwest Florida Water Management District Office, Board Room; 2379 Broad Street; Brooksville, FL 34604

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Announcing a joint meeting for the Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) for Crystal River/Kings Bay and Weeki Wachee Spring and River.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

AGENDA:

Public Education and Social Research

a) Tampa Bay Estuary Program

i. Be Floridian public outreach service

ii. Lessons learned

b) SWFWMD Communications Section

i. Public education and social research efforts to date in the Springs Coast area

ii. Results and feedback on prior efforts

More Information

Terry Hansen | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Weeki Wachee Springs, Manatees

 

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Crystal River/Kings Bay, Weeki Wachee Spring and River & Homosassa/Chassahowitzka BMAP (NSILT) Meeting

Runs through Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EDT
Southwest Florida Water Management District Office, Board Room; 2379 Broad Street; Brooksville, FL 34604

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Announcing a meeting to discuss the Nitrogen Source Inventory Loading Tool (NSILT) reports for Crystal River/Kings Bay and Weeki Wachee Spring and River (final) and Homosassa/Chassahowitzka (draft) Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs).

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

AGENDA:

1. Nitrogen Source Inventory and Loading Tool (NSILT)

a. Process review

b. Homosassa and Chassahowitzka draft NSILT

c. Aripeka Springs draft NSILT

d. Weeki Wachee System and Crystal River/Kings Bay NSILT updates

2. Weeki Wachee Spring Priority Focus Area

More Information

Terry Hansen | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Chassahowitzka, Manatees, Homosassa Springs, Weeki Wachee Springs, Aripeka Springs

 

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum

Runs through Thursday, October 27th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30AM - 4:00PM EDT
High Springs Museum, 120 NW 2nd Ave, High Springs, FL 32643

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The springs forum was created by concerned citizens to create a venue where government officials, professionals, and the public can discuss the issues and solutions to protecting our local springs. Alachua County Environmental Protection Department coordinates quarterly meetings, which are open to the public, for the working group.

The next Santa Fe Springs Protection Forum will be held on Thursday October 27 at the High Springs Museum (where the Water Ways exhibit just occurred). The morning portion of the meeting will focus on agriculture in the basin and local food systems. In the afternoon we will have lunch and a tour of the High Springs Orchard and Bakery. If you would like to join us for the lunch of Pad Thai, dessert, and drink please fill out the brief form at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/BOIfilgTf8fvv3sl1 by Monday October 24th and bring $9 cash to the meeting. Thanks and I hope to see you there!

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum Agenda

Thursday, October 27, 2016

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

High Springs Museum, 120 NW 2nd Ave, High Springs with field trip to follow.

9:30 - 9:35: Welcome - Stacie Greco, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

9:35 - 10:05: Introductions and Announcements - Everyone!

10:05-10:45: Agricultural Trends in the Santa Fe Basin - Mace Bauer, UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County

10:45-11:25: Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) Ag Programs - Hugh Thomas, SRWMD

11:25-11:40: Break

11:40-12:20: Resource Conservation Strategies Amongst Small Farms - Danielle Treadwell, UF/IFAS

12:20-1:00: Local Food Systems - Anna Prizzia, UF Field and Fork Program

1:00-1:20: Drive to High Springs Orchard and Bakery at 10804 NW SR 45

1:20-2:00: Farm to Table Lunch- Please register by 10/24. Lunch will be $9 (cash paid the day of) and will be pad thai (chicken or vegan) and will include dessert and tea

2:00-4:00: Tour of High Springs Orchard and Bakery with Jenny Franklin.

More Information

Stacie Greco | 352-264-6829 | Email | Web | Map

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Santa Fe River

 
 
 
 
 
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