SOS Newsletter June/July 2013

To Save Our Suwannee Members:
Every time I sit down to do it, this newsletter is harder and harder for me to write. While getting it ready, I got dozens of calls and even more e-mails about new industrial and agricultural projects that have suddenly come on the radar. More raw sewage spills, a waste incinerator on the Middle Suwannee, another incinerator in Dixie County, a giant new farm just up-stream from Cross City and water quality problems around the region.
I’m sorry for the delay in getting it to you this time. Annette Long, President

Save Our Suwannee’s Next Meeting: Santa Fe and Ichetucknee River Minimum Flows and Levels
October 1, 2013 7:00 pm

High Springs Civic Center 330 Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, FL 32643
Dr. Robert Knight from the Florida Springs Institute will talk to us about the recently proposed Santa Fe River and Ichetucknee River Minimum Flows and Levels. 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. Bob 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.
Dr. Knight is currently active on restoration efforts for the Santa Fe River springs, Kings Bay/Crystal River springs, Ichetucknee Springs, Rainbow Springs, and Silver Springs, and is on the Board of Directors for both the Silver River Alliance and the Wakulla Springs Alliance, two citizen advocacy organizations.
He also had several comments on the technical draft of the MFL’s and we thought that the community would be interested in hearing more of the technical details and the real world effectiveness of this new rule


Santa Fe River during the drought

Santa Fe River in one of the many periodic floods.

Minimum Flows and Levels should address periodic flooding as well as critically low levels. Our southern rivers need to flood occasionally to stay healthy.