Sunday, October 16th 2016
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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
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.
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
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.
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