Wednesday, October 19th 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.
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
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.
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
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