Join Us For A Call With Gasland Director Josh Fox

Source from “Floridians Against Fracking”

Join Us For A Call With Gasland Director Josh Fox, Tuesday Aug. 25 at 7p

Dear friends and coalition partners,

I wanted to send you a quick update about the anti-fracking campaign and tell you about some upcoming events.

We’re excited to say that we are up to 33 municipal resolutions against fracking! On Thursday,, Escambia County passed a county resolution that was a major victory since it is a county that has conventional drilling in then past that could easily turn into fracking.

You can see a list of the resolutions below, but note, about 7 resolutions from the past week are still not up yet, but we’re trying to update this as quickly as possible:

We are also proud to announce that Oscar nominated director Josh Fox will be joining us on a teleconference call next Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7p to talk to us about all he’s learned about fracking from his documentaries and how other communities have defeated the oil and gas industry in places like New York and Maryland. The call in number is 866 906 7447 and code 573 5307#. Please  share this event page with your members, friends, and family:

We’re also hoping to have a call with all of our partners the week after that to discuss next steps and how best to use this momentum to move the state bill to ban fracking…so we’ll keep you posted!

Jorge Aguilar

PS: follow the Floridians Against Fracking on Facebook:

Regarding Nitrate Contaminants in Wells

Story contributed by Our Santa Fe River, Inc., OSFR

Yesterday, Aug. 7 2015, in Alachua, Dr. Del Bottcher of Soil and Water Engineering Technology, Inc. sponsored a luncheon and gave a presentation on nitrates in dairies, principally the Watson Dairy. There were 19 people in attendance, including ex-DEP head Herschel Vinyard, and six environmentalists, among whom were several OSFR members. Also in the group were farm and dairy managers and waste management engineers.

Among the topics of discussion were the planned denitrification bioreactor which should be operational by September and the high nitrate readings in some wells.

At this meeting Dr. Robert Knight of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute pointed out his concerns for contamination in certain wells near the Santa Fe River in Alachua and Gilchrist Counties.

OSFR sees as its mission that of dissemination of information relating to the land surrounding the Santa Fe River, and as such, we are reproducing an email sent from the Florida Springs Institute to various health monitoring agencies in Florida, including the DEP, and Health Dept., as well as local county agencies.

Also, in light of the information contained in the FDEP report seen at this link, we also recommend to our readers in Alachua and Gilchrist Counties that they have their wells tested for harmful contaminants.Scroll

Map created by FDEP employee Brian Katz.


Please alert the responsible persons in each of your agencies about a groundwater nitrate drinking water emergency in Gilchrist and Alachua Counties. FDEP has been sampling the Santa Fe Springs Restoration Focus Area for the past two years. As recently reported by Dr. Brian Katz with FDEP, nitrate nitrogen levels are greatly elevated throughout this area compared to historic, pre-development concentrations. In four of the state’s 20 monitoring wells, nitrate concentrations exceed the FDEP safe drinking water standard of 10 mg/L. Nitrate levels in 75% of the wells sampled exceed the springs nitrate standard of 0.35 mg/L.

Two of the monitoring wells are of particular concern to rural residents living downgradient and drawing their drinking water from Floridan aquifer wells. Well #12 in eastern Gilchrist County has nitrate concentrations between 32 and 48 mg/L. Well #7 in western Alachua County has nitrate concentrations measured between 15 and 27 mg/L. Both of these monitoring wells are downgradient from active dairies and upgradient of rural housing developments. These data are more than adequate to declare an immediate water advisory, to require testing of private self-supply wells for nitrate contamination, and to consider enforcement action against the neighboring dairies.

The Florida Springs Institute is concerned about the health effects of elevated nitrate in the aquifer. These extremely high concentrations are only partially diluted by the time they reach the Santa Fe River springs. For example, Gilchrist Blue springs has an average nitrate nitrogen concentration above 2 mg/L which is currently rising. This value is about 4,000% higher than the baseline nitrate concentration in this spring. As a springs scientist I am concerned about the declining ecological health of the Santa Fe River springs. As a private individual with a graduate degree in public health I am also concerned for the residents drinking and bathing in this polluted groundwater.

Please provide a written reply to this email indicating the corrective actions your agency intends to take.


Robert L. Knight, Ph.D.

Director Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute”
5302 NW 156 Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32653
386-462-1003 office

FL DEP to issue permit trusting Sabal Trail to prevent leaks into the Floridan Aquifer

From the WWALS Watershed Coalition:
Canada’s National Energy Board just ordered Spectra Energy to fix chronic corrosion and leak problems after numerous fines, as did U.S. PHMSA before, yet 300×194 Horizontal Directional Drilling, in Suwannee River crossing, by Sabal Trail Transmission, for, 10 July 2015 Florida’s DEP plans to trust Spectra to build the Sabal Trail pipeline on top of our Floridan Aquifer, drilling under the Suwanne and Santa Fe rivers….to view this story go here WWALS

Auxiliary/Wacissa River Group Meeting – June 11, 2015

Aucilla/Wacissa River Group (AWR) Meeting – June 11, 2015, 6 p.m., R.J. Bailar Library, 375 South Water Street, Monticello, FL 32344 Library Phone: 850-342-0205

Meeting will end at/before 7:30 p.m. when the library closes. Plenty of free parking. Open to all interested parties.

Roy I. King
Synergy Education Services
Post Office Box 517
Monticello, FL 32345-0517
Phone/Fax 850-997-3813

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret-Free Showing Event

You’re invited to attend a free showing of the acclaimed film:
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
On Sunday, May 31st, 2:30 PM
Alachua Branch Library
14913 NW 140th Street, Alachua, FL (just west of Hwy 441 at 140thStreet)
Refreshments will be served.Call 352-415-5859 for more information.

Save Our Suwannee Annual Picnic/Board Meeting/Workshop, May 9, 2015

Save Our Suwannee Annual Picnic/Board Meeting/Workshop

May 9, 2015 – 3 p.m. To 7:30 p.m

at Rum Island County Park, 2070 SW County Road 138, Fort White, Florida

Bring a covered dish, bread, cold cut platter or salad bowl of your choosing. SOS will provide beverages.

Please come!

Public Input Needed for Santa Fe River Boating Zones


Santa Fe River, Columbia County




News Release

Friday, April 10, 2015
Media contact: Lauren McCormack, 850-688-7518

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has scheduled workshops to address possible changes to the boating safety zones affecting vessel speed during flood conditions in the Santa Fe and lower Suwannee rivers. The FWC is considering revisions within the portion of the Suwannee from County Road 340, going south to Flower’s Buff, and also the Santa Fe, beginning at River Rise and going downstream to the confluence of the Suwannee.

The workshop to discuss possible changes within the Suwannee will be Tuesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Suwannee River Fair & Livestock Association building, 17851 NW 90th Ave., Fanning Springs.

The workshop to discuss possible changes within the Santa Fe will be Wednesday, April 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at O’Leno State Park, 410 SE O’Leno Park Road, High Springs.

Possible changes pertain to the Rule 68D-24.020, Florida Administrative Code. To obtain copies of the meeting agenda, visit and look up “Workshops” under the heading “Waterway Management.” Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate should advise the FWC at least five days before the meeting by contacting the Office of Human Resources at 850-488-6411. If you are hearing or speech-impaired, contact the FWC using the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (voice).

Video: Doug Clifford Engages SOS President Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson on Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking”


Please watch this important video.  Doug Clifford Engages SOS President Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson on Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking



Join Us At The ​Suwannee Paddling Festival: April 3-5, 2015

​Save Our Suwannee will be attending the Suwannee Paddling Festival: April 3-5, 2015.  We would like to invite you to stop by our educational booth during the festival.
Join Paddle Florida, the Florida State Parks system, regional paddlesport businesses, and waterway conservation organizations in celebrating the third annual Suwannee River Paddling Festival!

Registration Deadline
March 20, 2015

Suwannee River State Park near Live Oak will serve as the festival’s home base for the weekend. Sitting atop a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, the park provides an ideal location from which paddlers can enjoy all that these two scenic rivers have to offer.

PADDLING, of course, on two of North Florida’s most beautiful rivers! The weekend will also feature great music, yummy food, kayak/canoe demos, Greenland paddle making, an evening ghost tour through nearby ruins, and an opportunity to hear from local experts dedicated to preserving North Florida’s rivers, springs, and watersheds.

Paddling Options
Shuttles on Saturday morning will transport paddlers upriver to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, where they’ll be able to paddle back 20 miles to Suwannee River State Park. A similar shuttle will take place Sunday morning, placing paddlers 13 miles upstream to Madison Blue Springs State Park on the Withlacoochee. Depending on water levels, both days should provide an opportunity to see natural springs along the river.

Benefit Concert
Paddle Florida is known for the lively and talented musical entertainment they provide around the campfire on their trips. We’ll bring some of our favorites together for a concert, with proceeds benefiting regional waterway conservation. Past concerts have raised $1,000 each for the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute and for Florida Defenders of the Environment.

This full package fee includes two nights of camping, all meals, entrance to the benefit concert, event t-shirt, water bottle, and river maps. Please note that this page is for festival registration only. PAYMENT can be made through either PayPal or regular mail. Further information will be given on making payment after completion of the festival registration form.

Paddlers needing to rent a canoe or kayak may contact our partnering outfitter, Suwannee Canoe Outpost.

Refund Policy
Due to the financial outlay and costs incurred by Paddle Florida during event planning, any force majeure, which includes but is not limited to water levels, inclement weather, and any other Acts of God not mentioned herein, shall not result in the refund of any fees paid to Paddle Florida. Absolutely no fees will be refunded after 15 days before the event begins. Any fees refunded by Paddle Florida will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Upcoming Event: O’Leno Ole Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration O’Leno State Park


Save Our Suwannee will be participating in the O’Leno Ole Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration O’Leno State Park!  Join us for the Springs Celebration while enjoying the chili. Highlights will include live music, videos, interactive water education displays and children’s activities. This event is designed to teach the importance of Florida’s springs.

Saturday, March 28, 2015  8:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.


Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best during this Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) sanctioned chili cook-off. You do not have to be a member of the society in order to participate. There will be prizes for both categories; 1st – 10th place in the cook-off and 1st – 3rd place for the Showmanship.

Additional Information:

CASI rules can be found at Chili Appreciation Society International.

Have an interesting chili recipe that doesn’t quite fit the CASI rules? Compete in the open category where anything goes. The prizes are for 1st – 5th place winners in the open category. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Visitors can purchase a sample kit and vote for the “Peoples’ Choice” Award. Cash awards for the open category include $100 Peoples’ Choice Award, open category: 1st place $75.00, 2nd place $50.00, 3rd place $25.00.

Restoring the Suwannee River – A Hopeful Future

Speaker: Dr Robert Knight

​The Suwannee River is one of the Southeast’s natural hydrological wonders. Arising in Georgia in the Okefenokee Swamp and traversing most of North Florida, the Suwannee starts as a narrow, black-water, rainwater-fed stream and ends at the Gulf of Mexico as a mighty spring run, the largest in the state, with several billions of gallons each day of spring inflows. The Suwannee is free-flowing with no dams along its entire course in Florida. It also receives very few concentrated wastewater discharges and is protected as an Outstanding Florida Water, the highest level of water quality protection in the State of Florida. So you may wonder how the Suwannee has been so impacted by man? The answer is regional agricultural and urban development, none of which is on the banks of the river. With average baseflow reduced on average by more than 40% and over 7,000 tons of nitrate-nitrogen discharging to the Gulf every year, the river has been seriously degraded.

Dr. Knight’s talk will present the current scientific understanding of these impairments, their causes and effects, and will lay out a comprehensive plan for restoration and protection. The impacts to the Suwannee are in large part unintentional but deeply rooted in economic gain for the few. It will take a legion of “Water Warriors” who value a clean and free-flowing river, protected for the public trust, to reverse the years of mistakes that led the river to its current condition.

65 North Main Street, High Springs, FL (386-454-1288)

When: ​ Friday Feb 27th, 2015 – 7:00 to 8:00 PM
​ No admission – light refreshments afterward
Sponsor:​ Save Our Suwannee, Inc. (A not for profit 501 (c) 3)
​ Event coordinator:

Robert Knight Bio

Dr. Robert Knight is the founder and director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, a nonprofit program dedicated to supporting science and education necessary for restoration and wise management of Florida’s artesian springs. Dr. Knight is an environmental scientist with more than 38 years of professional experience in Florida, including detailed ecological studies at more than 20 large springs. He is former adjunct professor at the University of Florida Dept. of Environmental Engineering and Sciences where he taught graduate level classes on the ecology of Florida’s springs and wetlands.

Dr. Knight is currently active on research and restoration efforts at the Santa Fe River Springs, Kings Bay/Crystal River springs, Ichetucknee Springs, Rainbow Springs, Wakulla Springs, Homosassa Springs, Glen Springs, springs of the Lower Suwannee River, and Silver Springs. Detailed restoration plans have been prepared for these springs, and Dr. Knight is actively working with similar efforts by the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection and the relevant water management districts. Dr. Knight is also active with a number of springs advocacy groups around north Florida that help to educate local governmental officials about groundwater supply and springs protection.

Dr. Robert Knight to Speak at Save Our Suwannee Annual Meeting

Save Our Suwannee, Inc. is excited to announce that they will be hosting a speaking engagement featuring Dr. Bob Knight at The Great Outdoors Restaurant, in High Springs, Florida. Dr. Knight is an environmental scientist with more than 35 years of professional experience in Florida. He is the founder of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute. Dr. Knight is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida where he teaches a graduate-level course on the ecology of springs.
We will also be addressing Save Our Suwannee’s elections of new officers and goals.

Date: February 27th at 7 pm
Place: Great Outdoors Restaurant, The Ballroom, 65 North Main St., High Springs, Florida. (386-454-1288)
Time: 7:00 pm

EXCLUSIVE – Koch Brothers, Rick Scott And Jeb Bush Exposed In Florida Pipeline Scandal

Article by : Daily Kos
Feb 03, 2015 6:10pm PST by Leslie Salzillo

Florida Attorney Steve Medina has been working on a case, pro bono, to expose the environmental corruption which has been taking place in Tallahassee and Putnam County, Florida.
Tons of toxic waste is being dumped into St. Johns River, daily, by the Koch Brothers company, Georgia-Pacific. Aspects of the deal allowing Georgia Pacific to massively assault the environment, were misleading, sometimes illegal, and unbeknownst to the local citizens. Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor (and Republican presidential hopeful), Jeb Bush, are also involved.

Last week, Steve Medina sent me the information below, for Daily Kos to break the story. The corruption evolves and unravels in a complicated and insidious manner and spans for about a decade, so enjoy the read. All of Medina’s reporting is backed up via extensive public records and court documents. With his permission, here is Steve Medina’s story:

We have learned recently that Florida Governor *Rick “Fifth Amendment” Scott is, how shall we say, ethically-challenged. Actually, that has been known for a long time, but who’s counting the past, this is Florida, land of forgiveness, opportunity, and no state income tax! Give them your relaxed, your wealthy, your huddled plutocrats yearning to breathe free. Put your wretched refuse beneath their teaming shores. Send these, the multi-homed, tempest-tossed, to them: Their elected officials snuff out their lamp beside the golden door.
You may know Florida’s immediately past commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement seems to have been given the heave ho by Governor Scott not only for patently political reasons but without particular attention to Florida law.… (In Florida, if you are Governor Scott, perhaps you would not want an FDLE commissioner who actually investigates things, especially potential white collar crimes involving public corruption.)

Meanwhile, you probably don’t know that, for the past two years, thanks to Governor Scott, a veritable fountainhead of toxic waste has been directly dumped every day into the heart of “Florida’s American Heritage River,”… the St. Johns. As discussed below, it is released through what is contended in a legal action to be an illegally-approved pipeline, the circumstances of which Governor Scott, as the current chairperson of Florida’s Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, refuses to investigate.

To investigate these circumstances would be to investigate the highly questionable actions of yet another state agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. These actions in turn reach back into the Jeb Bush administration (1999-2007), when then Governor Bush and the Florida Cabinet, over the objection of then Attorney General Charlie Crist, gave preliminary approval for a Georgia-Pacific pipeline from its Palatka paper mill to the St. Johns River.

Tons of toxic waste travel through the pipe to the heart of the St. Johns River every day. The approval was “finalized” through what Florida citizens and environmental groups are calling a grossly misleading newspaper public notice that aimed to cut-off public challenges to the pipeline easement, which the Trustees’ agent, the FDEP, eventually granted.
Ironically, or maybe not, the benefactors of the spewing are Charles G. and David Koch, the foremost, or at least two of the richest, purveyors of “freedom” according to Ayn Rand. Since late 2005, Koch Industries has owned Georgia-Pacific. It began buying up Georgia-Pacific assets the year before.… The Koch Brothers have since been active in educating Georgia-Pacific employees about the right way to vote.…
This is the same pair of billionaires who have taken an interest of late into shaping the minds of Florida State University students.… Students will presumably be encouraged to learn such definitions as

“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”
― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
The Koch brothers are not too interested in meeting even this sorry definition of freedom on the St. Johns River. But they have an acolyte in Governor Rick Scott to do their bidding, and that beats logical consistency, and possibly the law, any day.
The ultimate question is whether Floridians, present and future, and not just FSU students, will be forced to live with these hypocritical plutocrats and their toxic waste, notwithstanding Randian faux freedom, the public trust doctrine, and due process of law.

Follow me below the fold for a brief synopsis that begins to disinter this complicated but important story. At the end is a link to all the public records that give gory details that can currently be known short of a full investigation.
Article continued at this link….

Over 300 Manatees Close Down Three Sisters Springs

From USA Today
by Gillian Finklea
2 days ago

Three Sisters Springs in Florida had to close a one acre plot of water to swimming and kayaking on Monday when over 300 manatees rapidly moved into the springs at an unexpected rate.

The area reopened Tuesday, but will close again when the tide begins to rise and the manatees return to the interior area of the springs, Laura Ruettiman, an environmental education guide at the Springs told USA TODAY Network.
Manatees congregate in the area during high tide and cold weather, Ruettiman said.
During a manatee count conducted by the manatee watch volunteers on Monday, a total of 293 manatees had moved into the interior of the springs by 1:00 p.m.
By 1:30 p.m. the manatee count in the interior of the springs had surpassed 300 total manatees and The U.S. Fish and Wildlife issued the temporary closure of Three Sisters Springs. All of the viewing or swimming around the proximity remains open during the closures.
“We have a record number this year,” Ruettiman said. “We have 150 more manatees here than have ever been recorded in the past.”
The high numbers may be a result of greater protection in the area and because habitat areas in other parts of the state are being lost, according to Ruettiman.

Falmouth Springs Dye Trace Reveals Connectivity To Nearby Springs


Falmouth dye trace reveals unknown connectivity

Sbmitted by Abby Johnson, SRWMD Office of Communications

LIVE OAK, FL, December 4, 2014 – The District and Florida Geological Survey introduced dye into Falmouth Spring On September 4th, in hopes of learning which other springs were connected to the known Falmouth Cathedral Cave System.  Two days after the dye was release the dye appeared in two springs previously not known to be connected, Ellaville and Suwannacoochee.

Ellaville is located next to Suwannee River State Park on the south side of the Suwannee River, while Suwannacoochee is located north of the Suwannee and flows into the Withlachoochee River from the west.  These two springs are connected by the Suwannacoochee Cave System.  Four days later the dye appeared in two other springs, Lime Run Spring and Lime Spring, both of which were thought to be connected to the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System.  Further analyses of collected samples may reveal connections to other springs in the area.

“It is truly exciting to explore and gain an increased understanding about the natural hydrology.  This type of information sets the District in a better position to protect resources, namely the Upper Florida Aquifer,” said Executive Director, Ann Shortelle, Ph. D.

For more information about springs within the District, or contact Erich Marzolf, Ph.D. 386-362-1001.


Credit: Suwannee Valley Times–12-11-14-falmouth-dye-trace-reveals-unknown-connectivity.html

Antibacterial products fuel resistant bacteria in streams and rivers


Antibacterial products fuel resistant bacteria in streams and rivers


A person washes their hands with an antibacterial soap. Credit: John Kelly

Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial widely used in personal care products – is fueling the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers. So reports a new paper in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, which is the first to document triclosan resistance in a natural environment. 

Invented for surgeons in the 1960s, triclosan slows or stops the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mildew. Currently, around half of liquid soaps contain the chemical, as well as toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, liquid cleansers, and detergents. Triclosan enters streams and rivers through domestic wastewater, leaky sewer infrastructure, and , with residues now common throughout the United States.

Emma Rosi-Marshall, one of the paper’s authors and an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York explains: “The  caused by triclosan has real . Not only does it disrupt aquatic life by changing native bacterial communities, but it’s linked to the rise of  that could diminish the usefulness of important antibiotics.”

With colleagues from Loyola University and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Rosi-Marshall explored how bacteria living in stream and responded to triclosan in both natural and controlled settings. Field studies were conducted at three sites in the Chicago metropolitan region: urban North Shore Channel, suburban West Branch Dupage River, and rural Nippersink Creek.

Urbanization was correlated with a rise in both triclosan concentrations in sediments and the proportion of bottom-dwelling bacteria resistant to triclosan. A woodland creek had the lowest levels of triclosan-resistant bacteria, while a site on the North Shore Channel downstream of 25 combined sewer overflows had the highest levels.

Combined sewers deliver domestic sewage, industrial wastewater, and storm water to a regional treatment plant using a single pipe. Overflows occur when a pipe’s capacity is exceeded, typically due to excessive runoff from high rainfall or snowmelt events. The result: untreated sewage flows directly into rivers and streams.

The research team found that combined sewer overflows that release untreated sewage are a major source of triclosan pollution in Chicago’s North Shore Channel. In addition, their findings support past work that indicates sewage treatment plants can effectively remove triclosan from wastewater.

John Kelly of Loyola University Chicago, the paper’s senior author, comments, “We detected much lower levels of triclosan at a site downstream of a sewage treatment facility as compared to a site downstream of combined sewer overflows. And we demonstrated a strong link between the presence of triclosan in the environment and the development of triclosan resistant bacteria.”

Nearly 800 cities in the United States rely on combined sewer overflows, with the Environmental Protection Agency citing them as a major water pollution concern.

Artificial stream experiments conducted at Loyola University confirmed field findings that triclosan exposure triggers an increase in triclosan-resistant bacteria. In addition to the creation of these resistant bacteria, researchers also found a decrease in the diversity of benthic  and a shift in the composition of bacterial communities. Most notable were a 6-fold increase in cyanobacteria and a dramatic die-off of algae.

Rosi-Marshall explains how these shifts could impact aquatic life, “Cyanobacteria are less nutritious than algae and can produce toxins. In triclosan-polluted streams and rivers, changes in microbial communities could negatively affect ecological function and animal communities.”

The study is the latest in an ongoing effort to better understand the environmental and human health consequences of synthetic antimicrobials. Funding was provided by a grant from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

More information: Triclosan Exposure Increases Triclosan Resistance and Influences Taxonomic Composition of Benthic Bacterial Communities, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013, 47 (15), pp 8923-8930.

Provided by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

article shard by Bob Knight.


SOS October 1, 2013 meeting has been canceled.

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Save Our Suwannee has cancelled their scheduled meeting for October 1st at 7:00 pm, in High Springs.  We will be sending out post cards to our members who got the meeting notice in our recent Newsletter.
On that same day at virtually the same time, one of the most important meetings regarding cleaning up the nutrient pollution in the Suwannee River will be held in Live Oak.  The meeting is the Suwannee River Basin Management Action Plan and the Santa Fe River Basin Management Plan and will be held by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Suwannee River Water Management District Headquarters,9225 CR 49, Live Oak FL 32060.
In addition, there will be a Suwannee River County Commission Meeting where a proposed industrial medical waste incinerator will be discussed that starts at 6:00 pm and will be held in Live Oak at the County Commission meeting room.  The address of the Commission meeting is:  JUDICIAL ANNEX BUILDING,  218 PARSHLEY STREET SOUTHWEST,  LIVE OAK, FLORIDA  32064 
Since our original meeting date conflicts with these other critical meetings at the same time on the same day, we are cancelling our meeting and asking our members to attend these other very important meetings.  The outcome of both will have a great impact on the future health of our local waters.
Again, if you have published something about the Save Our Suwannee meeting on October 1st, please print a cancellation notice for us.
Thank you for your time.
Annette Long

SRWMD Gets $5.4 million For Springs Protection Funding

Suwannee River Water Management District Gets $5.4 million For Springs Protection Funding

from the University of Florida

By Paige Kauffman on September 5th, 2013
LIVE OAK– The Suwannee River Water Management District received $5.4 million for two springs protection and restoration projects.

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection approved the District’s funding request on Wednesday for the improvement projects.

The SRWMD is teaming with Dixie County to provide a local funding match totaling $352,000 as the DEP plans to contribute $1.5 million. The District will also partner with the City of Lake City and Columbia County for a local match totaling $700,000 with a DEP contribution of $3.9 million.

The Middle Suwannee River Restoration and Aquifer Recharge project plans to rehydrate about 1,500 acres of ponds and 4,000 acres of wetlands to mimic natural hydrologic conditions in Mallory Swamp, and will enhance flow for springs along the Middle Suwannee River Basin.

The benefits of restoring natural conditions will increase the groundwater supply, affecting various springs along the Middle Suwannee River including Troy, July, Little River and Pot Hole Springs.

The Ichetucknee Springshed Water Quality Improvement Project intends to convert Lake City’s wastewater sprayfield into wetlands, providing additional treatment to reduce nitrogen loading and improve water quality in the area. It is projected to reduce Lake City’s wastewater nutrient loadings to the river by an estimated 85 percent.

Ann Shortelle, executive director of SRWMD, wrote in a press release, “This funding is a significant investment that will have enormous benefits to the Ichetucknee River and Springs, and numerous springs along the Middle Suwannee River.”

Myth and Magic of Florida Springs Events


Please join us this fall for two events highlighting the myth and magic of Florida springs. Both events will be held at the Barry University School of Law, 6441 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, in the Legal Advocacy Center, room 311, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

On September 19, 2013, springs artist Margaret Ross Tolbert will present her unique artistic perspective on the Floridan aquifer and the numerous springs of central and northern Florida.  Margaret began painting the springs after experiencing their beauty through a diving mask. She was then moved to action because she could see the springs changing before her eyes.  One result was the acclaimed bookAQUIFERious, which received a Florida Book Award gold medal in 2010.  Read more about Margaret’s work on her website,

On October 17, 2013, graphic designer Rick Kilby will showcase his “Old Florida” viewpoint in a presentation that traces his journey from an obsession with Ponce de Leon collectibles and ephemera through history and culture to realizing the importance of Florida’s natural wonders to the state’s tourist and newcomer economy.  Rick’s book showcasing his collection, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de Leon and Florida’s Magical Waters, has just been released.  Learn more about Rick’s kitschy perspective via his website,

Two nights, two opportunities to connect with these committed folks, with what they care about, and with ways we can all better protect Florida’s waters. CEJ is so pleased to host them!

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