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Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Iche Nippy Dip Day

Runs through Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Ichetucknee Springs State Park; 8294 Elim Church Road; Fort White, FL 32038

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Become an Iche Nippy Dipper! Start your New Year with a "dip" in the Headspring! Follow an old tradition or start a new one! FREE Giveaways and Hot Chocolate for Iche Nippy Dippers.

Registration starts at 9:30 AM. First "dip-shift" at 10:00 AM, with last "dip-shift" at 11:00 AM.

The Headspring is located at the North Entrance - 8294 Elim Church Road, Fort White.

Event free with regular park admission - $6 per vehicle, for up to 8 people.

Donations to the Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Inc. are always welcome. Join us!

Sponsored by Honda of Gainesville

More Information

386-497-4676 | Map

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Ichetucknee Springs, Ichetucknee River

 

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, January 9th, 2016 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, January 16th, 2016 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

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Silver Springs

 

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Rainbow Springs & Silver Springs Joint BMAP Meeting

Runs through Thursday, January 21st, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00AM - 12:00PM EST
Marion County Growth Services, Training and Meeting Room, 2710 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470

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The next meeting for the Rainbow Springs BMAP will be a joint meeting with the Silver Springs BMAP stakeholders and will be held on, January 21st at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held at Marion County Growth Services, Training and Meeting Room, 2710 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, Florida.

Draft Agenda:

  • Welcome and Meeting Organization (Shane Williams)

  • Update of Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs BMAP Activities (Mary Paulic)

  • Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs Wastewater/OSTDS Initiative (OSTDS 9-1-1 project) Strategy (DEP)

  • Public Comments

  • Next Steps (DEP)

  • Adjourn

    NOTE: If you cannot make the meeting and would like to have input on the items on the agenda, please email your comments to Mary Paulic at mary.paulic@dep.state.fl.us. Presentations will be available after the meeting on the DEP FTP site at: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Silver_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.

A draft of the BMAP document can be found at the web link below.

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

Terry Hansen, P.G. | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

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Rainbow Springs, Rainbow River

 

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum

Runs through Friday, January 22nd, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30AM - 4:30PM EST
Otter Springs Campground; 6470 SW 80th Avenue, Trenton FL, 32693

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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.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the next Santa Fe Springs Protection Forum this Friday January 22 at Otter Springs Campground. We may have to cancel the field trip to Alliance Dairy depending on the weather. We will make the final call during the Friday meeting. We have reached capacity for the field trip, so if you have not received a confirmation email from me, you may not be able to join the field trip. If we have cancellations, we may be able to fit others into the vans and the very few personal vehicles we are bringing. If you are not able to go on the field trip, you will still learn a lot about the Alliance Dairy from Dell Bottcher’s presentation during the meeting. If you do go on the field trip, wear closed toed shoes appropriate for walking around in mud.

We will have a one hour lunch break, but there are not restaurants nearby. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy by the spring (fingers crossed that the weather holds).

The MEETING AGENDA can be found at the Web link (below).

More Information

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

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Santa Fe River

 

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Taking the Waters: A History of Florida's Most Famous Springs

Runs through Sunday, January 24th, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00PM EST
High Springs Branch Library; 23779 W. U.S. Hwy 27; High Springs, FL 32643

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Before Bok Tower was built, before Cape Canaveral was imagined, before Disney World was a twinkle in Walt Disney's eye - tourists flocked to the Sunshine State to relax and "take the waters."

Join Sarasota author and award-winning historian Liz Coursen as she explores the history of Florida's most famous springs, the significant role they have played in Florida's exploration and development, and the famous (and not-so-famous) people who enjoyed them, in this colorful and fun PowerPoint program. Funded in part by the High Springs Friends of the Library.

This program is in correlation with the Museum on Main Street's "Water/Ways 2016" travelling exhibit sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institute that is bringing the exhibit to the High Springs Museum (120 NW 2nd Ave), July 16 - August 27, 2016.

More Information

Beth Noll, High Springs Branch Manager | 386-454-2515 | Email | Web | Map

 

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Education Series for the Curious Adult

Runs through Thursday, January 28th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST
Rainbow Springs State Park; 19158 South West 81st Place Road; Dunnellon, FL 34432

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Free with regular park admission.

Rainbow Springs State Park and the Friends of Rainbow Springs invite any and all curious adults interested in learning about a variety of topics such as gardening, native wildlife and pollinators, invasive exotic plants, local Florida history, protection of the River and watershed, the ground beneath your feet and so much more. The Adult Education Series are monthly talks given in a comfortable sit-down setting and will include presentations by local professionals, Master Gardeners, historians, Rainbow Springs State Park staff and volunteers and guest speakers from different occupations and backgrounds. There is something to learn for everyone.

Additional Information:

Presentations will be given in a covered open-air pavilion that is ADA accessible.

Presentations will be approximately one to one and a half hours in length.

Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and to get a seat. Space is limited.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Rainbow Springs volunteer citizen support organization.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

In order to participate in this program, one:

• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion

• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to outdoor air temperatures under a covered pavilion for up to two hours

• Must have the ability sit or stand independently or with the assistance of a companion for up to two hours.

More Information

352-465-8555 | Email

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Rainbow Springs

 

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Ranger Program: Museum Area

Runs through Saturday, January 30th, 2016 

Time & Place

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Silver Springs State Park; 1425 NE 58th Avenue; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Take part in a ranger program which occurs every Saturday. Topics vary, but each program is an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Additional Information:

Enter the Riverside of the park at the entrance off of SR 35 (Baseline Rd.). The program will be held in the amphitheater at 5:00PM.

More Information

352-236-7148 | Web

Find Related Info:

Silver Springs

 
 

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