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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

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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, November 3rd, 2016

Rainbow Springs & Silver Springs BMAP OSTDS Remediation Plan Meeting

Runs through Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 

Time & Place

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

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The Advisory Committee for the Silver and Rainbow Springs Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems Remediation Plan will hold their third meeting November 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM. The meeting will be held at:

Marion County Growth Services – Training Room

2710 East Silver Springs Blvd.

Ocala, FL 34470

DRAFT AGENDA

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Follow-up from September Meeting

  • Prioritizing Areas for Projects

    • Review of Priority Focus Areas

    • Factors to be Used to Identify Priority Neighborhoods

  • Conversion to Sewer as a Remediation Option

    • Current Utility Expansion Plans and Service Areas

    • Feasibility of Sewer for Priority Neighborhoods

    • Private Utilities

  • Enhanced OSTDS as a Remediation Option

    • DOH Presentation

  • Public Comments

  • Summary and Action Items

    • Next meeting date and location

    • Summary of action items

  • 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/.

More Information

Mary Paulic | 850-245-8560 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Rainbow Springs, Rainbow River, Silver Springs

 

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Weeki Wachee and Aripeka Springs and Crystal River/Kings Bay Joint BMAP Meeting

Runs through Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EST
Southwest Florida Water Management District Office, Board Room; 2379 Broad Street; Brooksville, FL 34604

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A joint meeting related to the Crystal River/Kings Bay Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) and Weeki Wachee and Aripeka Springs BMAP is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Southwest Florida Water Management District Board Room; 2379 Broad Street; Brooksville, FL 34604.

"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.

DRAFT AGENDA:

1. Public Education Plan - OSTDS

2. Public Education Plan - Urban Turfgrass Fertilizer

3. Fertilizer Ordinances

THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For more information, contact Terry Hansen, P.G. at 850-245-8561 or Terry.Hansen@dep.state.fl.us.

Springs Coast materials are available on the DEP website at the following location:

http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Springs%20Coast/

More Information

Terry Hansen | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Weeki Wachee Springs, Aripeka Springs

 

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Volusia Blue Spring BMAP Meeting

Runs through Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30 AM EST
County Council Chambers, Rm 204; Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center; 123 West Indiana Ave; DeLand, FL 32720

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The next Volusia Blue Spring Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30. Topics of discussion will focus on the development of source reductions for the basin. Everyone is welcome to attend.

"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.

AGENDA

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks –Tiffany Busby

  • Priority Focus Area (PFA) for Volusia Blue Springs — Moira Homann

  • Development of an (OSTDS) Remediation Plan — Moira Homann/Tiffany Busby

  • Public Education — Review Approaches

  • Science Needs — Discussion

  • Addressing Other Nitrogen Sources – Moira Homann

  • Urban Turfgrass Fertilizer

  • Sports Turfgrass Fertilizer

  • Agricultural Sources (Livestock Waste and Fertilizer)

  • Next Meeting Date and Action Item Review — Tiffany Busby

  • Adjourn

More Information

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

Find Related Info:

Volusia Blue Spring, Manatees

 
 

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