One Voice Speaks Volumes for Springs Protection

Born in Lakeland in 1950, Willian Shirling is a fourth generation Floridian-a Cree Indian descendant. Though his parents eventually moved away to Georgia, William grew up a native of Washington County and near a spring-run named Holmes Creek where he spent every summer at his grandmother's house swimming, fishing, and boating with friends. When he was alone, he would explore new areas by walking through the dense wetlands, often discovering spring seeps and sand boils along the creek channel. Later in life, when he introduced the crystal, blue waters to his own daughter, Shirling's life-long connection to Holmes Creek came full circle.