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Florida's Forgotten Theme Park Rainbow Springs Oct 11, 2017 - Rainbow Springs is a beautiful spring near the West coast of Florida on the Rainbow River. At Rainbow Springs you can swim in the water all day or rent kayaks and canoes to explore outside of the spring.
Environmental lawsuit over ‘Amendment 1’ funding set for trial Oct 2, 2017 - A Tallahassee judge has set a trial week in a lawsuit over the state's environmental funding under a constitutional amendment passed almost three years ago. The amendment, which needed a minimum of 60 percent to pass, got a landslide of nearly 75 percent, or more than 4.2 million "yes" votes.
Waterways in peril: Silver and Rainbow rivers Oct 2, 2017 - A deadline is looming for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to finalize cleanup plans for the Silver and Rainbow rivers but an agency official and environmentalists alike say the plans will not be enough.
Opinion: How long until disaster forces us to clean up Florida springs? Sep 22, 2017 - There are $50 million in this year's state budget for springs. But how far will that get us? And by the time disaster really strikes and the spring looks like pea soup and the home values drop and tube renters lose their business, it will cost much more to restore Rainbow Springs, if we even can.
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Robert Knight: Seeing healthy springs is believing Sep 9, 2017 - Florida's water management districts are also guilty of unwise policies by permitting excessive groundwater withdrawals while publicly owned springs are drying up.
Mom and baby manatee sighting spurs name campaign Sep 5, 2017 - LEESBURG ' A mom and baby manatee sighting in the Harris Chain of Lakes has sea-cow watchers wondering if Leesburg the manatee is a mom.
Manatee rescued from Leesburg returns after rehab Aug 18, 2017 - LEESBURG ' Wildlife experts think a female manatee that has called the Harris Chain of Lakes home for more than a year has given birth to a calf here.It could be the first of its kind to be born in Lake County.
Alachua County seeks money to help Poe Springs Aug 17, 2017 - Poe Springs may become eligible for funding to help its water quality if Alachua County's request to have it designated as a "priority focus area" is approved by the state.
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Leadership Change Raising Hopes For Fracking Ban Aug 17, 2017 - A leadership shuffle in the Florida Senate is lifting the hopes of anti-fracking activists. A statewide ban on the controversial drilling method stalled last session in an environmental spending committee when the Republican chairman refused to hear it.
Photos of the Week – Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Florida Aug 14, 2017 - On our visit to Ichetucknee, we decided to focus on the Blue Hole and the Head Spring as our two main points of interest. The Blue Hole is about 1/3 of a mile from the parking area, down a well worn trail.
New study to delay Ichetucknee management plan vote Aug 13, 2017 - A proposed Ichetucknee Springs State Park management plan that was set to be voted on Friday has been put on hold so a more in-depth study of the park, including its aquatic vegetation, wildlife, water quality and other features, can be done.
Local springs are cooler than being cool Aug 13, 2017 - Forget slimy June grass and sandy feet. Forget your eyes stinging from the saltwater or searching desperately for a parking spot. Instead of heading to the beach, head north and take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear springs.
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Rum Island: The Slow Death of a Small Spring Aug 12, 2017 - My visits to Rum have been fun, inspiring and soul-healing. I've seen the spring in bitter winter, when mists whirled on the water like dancing spirits. I've been followed by a school of tiny fish as I waded in golden water while the rising river encroached into the spring.
Robert Knight: Florida’s springs are living things Aug 11, 2017 - Florida's springs have all the qualities of living creatures. They are contiguous systems composed of plants and animals, working together in an organized fashion, and capable of reproduction, growth, response to stimuli and long-term stability.
$7.8 million released to curb Wakulla Springs pollution Aug 10, 2017 - Wakulla Springs defenders cheered Monday's announcement that Gov. Rick Scott, the Department of Environmental Protection and water management districts have decided how to divvy up $50 million in springs' protection money.
Pulp mills get major water permits with no deliberation Aug 10, 2017 - Two Florida pulp mills just got major water permits approved by the St. Johns River Water Management District governing board-- with no deliberation whatsoever, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
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Juniper Spring, Marion County, May 2017 Aug 9, 2017 - I gravitate toward small, sandy spring runs with overarching tree canopy, so Juniper Spring has always been a favorite. Like many, or perhaps most, of the big springs in Florida, the Juniper headspring was modified long ago for swimming.
Rainbow Springs In The Late Afternoon Is At Great Risk Aug 8, 2017 - Rainbow Springs feeds the Rainbow River and is a beautiful waterway in Dunnellon, Florida. I recently visited the spring after an afternoon on the river with friends. When Takoda and I got there, the park was clearing out and soon we had it all to ourselves.
Springs in Suwannee, Wakulla counties to receive funding Aug 7, 2017 - Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced 40 springs projects across the state that will receive a total of $50 million in funding as part
of the 2017-2018 'Fighting for Florida's Future' budget. The list includes projects in Suwannee County and Wakulla County.
Why these crystal clear springs are amazing! Aug 6, 2017 - Deep in the heart of Ocala National Forest there are a series of amazing natural springs that are not only picturesque, but are major sources of fresh surface water to surrounding ecosystems.
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Florida beachgoers help rescue stranded manatees Aug 3, 2017 - A group of beachgoers and firefighters in Clearwater Beach got up close and personal while rescuing three manatees that washed ashore on Wednesday.
Is development draining the FL aquifer system beyond repair? Aug 3, 2017 - The economic benefits of development and the preservation of natural resources are continually being weighed against each other.
Paddle Your Way Down the Wekiwa River in Central Florida Jul 28, 2017 - Pack your sunnies and sunscreen and head to one of the Sunshine State's most beautiful natural wonders, where its crystal clear spring waters, lush green surroundings, and undisturbed nature will take your stress away.
Robert Knight: Joining hands in support of springs Jul 17, 2017 - I am frequently asked if I think Florida's springs will be saved. My standard answer is simple, "Only when enough people understand and care about springs (and the rest of Florida's environmental woes) to affect true political change."
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Stop Dumping Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico Jul 13, 2017 - A Trump administration proposal to continue allowing oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico violates federal law and threatens imperiled marine wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity warned this week.
What’s in Florida’s water? Court lets challenge to water standards go forward Jul 11, 2017 - Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures.
Everything You Need to Know About Rock Springs this Summer Jul 10, 2017 - In the hot Florida summer, there's not a whole lot that could be better than tubing down crystal clear, cool, spring waters all day. If you are from Central Florida or taking a vacation in Orlando you can visit the nearby Kelly Rock Springs a short drive away in Apopka.
Regional swimming hole plunges into new era Jul 5, 2017 - With its cool water and large jumping platform, Gilchrist Blue Springs has provided a fun relief from the summer heat for generations. But for the first time in nearly 50 years the park is going through a change.
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Regional swimming hole plunges into new era Jul 5, 2017 - HIGH SPRINGS ' With its cool water and large jumping platform, Gilchrist Blue Springs has provided a fun relief from the summer heat for generations. But for the first time in nearly 50 years the park is going through a change.
Editorial: Preserving land not enough for springs Jun 22, 2017 - Last week, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted to buy Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County, located just west of Alachua County, for $5.2 million.
DNR provides information about migrating manatees Jun 21, 2017 - As manatees return to their summer haunts along the coast, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists are reminding residents and visitors to be particularly alert while boating and to report sightings of these gentle giants online.
Cabinet votes to buy springs that were saved by love affair Jun 15, 2017 - Florida's Cabinet voted Wednesday to acquire 407-acre Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County, a jewel of a spring that's been privately owned since 1958 -- thanks to a long-ago love affair involving a St. Petersburg business mogul and his faithful assistant.
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Manatees and more on tap this summer Jun 9, 2017 - Manatee Lagoon ' An FPL Eco Discovery Center has quite the summer planned. Want to know just what's available? Head on down on Sunday to see a preview.
Clean up Weeki Wachee Spring, a high cost Jun 7, 2017 - Every Sunday and Thursday morning, a squad of volunteer divers descends into Weeki Wachee Spring to "scrunge" its lime rock basin, working like wet-suited gardeners to pull up black-green strands of lyngbya algae.
Two northwest Florida parks are great bases for exploring Jun 5, 2017 - Remote, picturesque and rural, northwest Florida is a long way from major population centers. But that's what it takes to get off the beaten path.
Ginnie Springs, A Magical Underwater World Jun 3, 2017 - A couple of days ago I got down to Ginnie Springs about an hour before sunset. Miraculously, I had the springs to myself almost the entire time I was there.
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Recapping a disappointing 2017 Florida legislative session May 30, 2017 - Despite good work by our local delegation, the session was a failure by almost every measure. We give it the benefit of the doubt and award it a grade of D.
Editorial: Plundering Florida's precious springs May 29, 2017 - In the same meeting where it imposed tighter water restrictions on Tampa Bay residents due to drought, the Southwest Florida Water Management District board voted to allow developers to further plunder a critical water source
Ailing Florida springs could be tapped further to fuel development May 23, 2017 - BROOKSVILLE ' Efforts by state officials to set a minimum flow for its iconic springs have stirred up a wave of public opposition. Opponents contend the state is willing to destroy its springs in order to justify continuing to provide water for new development.
Alexander Springs May 21, 2017 - Alexander Springs is another spring in the Ocala National Forest. It is one of 27 first magnitude springs in the State of Florida and the only one in the forest.
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Time to cool off at the 20 best Florida springs May 17, 2017 - Long before mouse ears and wizard wands, Florida's original tourist attraction has been refreshing and invigorating those who dip into the cool water shooting up from the Floridan aquifer.
Marvelous manatees* May 16, 2017 - Manatees, those gentle giants with flat, paddle-shaped tails, have inspired the legends of mermaids. We are fortunate that our very own island of Trinidad is the home of these amazing animals also known as sea cows.
Saving the springs an unending battle May 16, 2017 - Water is crucial to Marion County's economic and environmental future. On the surface, healthy lakes, rivers and springs act as natural attractions for swimming and fishing and critical wildlife habitat.
Enough empty promises about protecting Florida springs May 15, 2017 - Silver Springs, historically the largest spring in Florida in terms of flow, has lost between 30 percent and 40 percent of its former flow
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New signs provide an education along the Weeki Wachee River May 10, 2017 - New this year for the benefit of her students and other river travelers are educational signs along the water, although the word "signs" doesn't really describe them well. They are more like small murals or big paintings.
Move over, California: Florida has the USA's worst drought May 8, 2017 - When it comes to weather, Florida is usually known for humidity and hurricanes. But now, drought is making news in the Sunshine State. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any U.S. state.
Some of the best vacation lodging is inside Florida's state parks May 8, 2017 - I love state parks, but I'm not a big fan of camping so the perfect solution for me is a state park cabin. I've stayed in cabins in 11 parks, some more than once.
Part 2: Spirit of the Spring: How a ghost stopped Blue Springs from flowing May 8, 2017 - Blue Springs continued to flow through times of war and peace for hundreds of years after Calistoble and her lover disappeared into its depths.
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The Spirit of Blue Springs: A Jackson County Ghost Story May 7, 2017 - The following is legend that was handed down by early settlers of Jackson County. The events described took place long before the first Spaniard set foot in Florida.
FPL fracking bill dies in Florida House committee May 4, 2017 - Despite what appears to be widespread support for the measure, FPL's fracking proposal, Senate Bill 1238, appears to be dead in this session of Florida's legislature.
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