Please enable javascript for the best browsing experience.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Check back for updates on springs-related meetings and events. Also sign up for the Springs email list for special announcements.

Use the calendar in the right column to change the date.

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

event thumbnail

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


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

event thumbnail

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: 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

Find Related Info:

Santa Fe River

Florida Springs Institute logo