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Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Legendary Sirens at Weeki Wachee

Runs through Monday, July 4th, 2016 

Time & Place

all day
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park; 6131 Commercial Way; Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

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This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the 50's to the 70's. Don't miss this magical performance by this special group of ladies. Show time is 12 PM & 2 PM.

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(352) 592-5656 | Web | Map

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Weeki Wachee Springs


Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum

Runs through Thursday, July 14th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30AM - 4:00PM EDT
High Springs New Century Woman's Club; 23674 US 27; High Springs, FL

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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 on Thursday, July 14 at the High Springs New Century Woman’s Club at 23674 U.S. Highway 27 in High Springs (near City Hall). The meeting will be from 9:30-4:00 with a lunch break mid-day. Please mark your calendars!


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

9:35-10:00: Introductions & Announcements

10:00-10:30: Santa Fe River & Springs Hydrologic Update - Tom Mirti, SRWMD

10:30-11:10: Flow Reversals as Potential Drivers of Spring Ecosystem Change - Bobby Hensley, UF School of Forest Resources

11:10-11:20: Break

11:20-12:00: Santa Fe Restoration Focus Area Update - Rick Hicks, Florida DEP

12:00- 1:30: Lunch (on your own)

1:30- 2:30: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Panel - Rob Mattson, SJRWMD; Eric Nagid, FWC; Ryan Hamn, FWC, Jennifer Sagan, Amec Foster Wheler

2:30- 2:50: Future of Volunteer Groundwater Monitoring in the Lower Santa Fe River Basin - Rick Copeland, Aquifer Watch

2:50- 3:20: Sierra Club Water Initiatives - Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Sierra Club

3:20- 3:30: Wrap-Up

3:30- 4:00: Tour of the North Florida Springs Environmental Center (just across the street at 99 NW 1st Avenue) - Heather Culp, Florida Springs Institute

More Information

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

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Santa Fe River


Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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

Runs through Thursday, July 21st, 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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Please mark your calendars for 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. 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.

A final meeting agenda and any additional information will be sent one week prior to the meeting. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions at 850-245-8460 or by e-mail at

"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.

More Information

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

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Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs Run


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