Florida Springs News Archive
Welcome to our springs news section. Here you can find news about spring activity, legislation concerning springs, water conservation and upcoming major events.
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Jan 9, 2019
- Starting January 1, people launching into the river from the park's dock can only bring reusable containers or bottles with them. Several signs reading "only non-disposable items allowed on the river" have been posted throughout the parking lot and park entrance.
Jan 8, 2019
- To say it was a rough 2018 for Florida manatees is an understatement. According to FWC, more than 800 died last year and a good chunk of those deaths were from boating accidents. More than 100 died by boat.
Jan 1, 2019
- According to preliminary figures posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), more than 800 manatees died in 2018, a nearly 50% increase over the prior year.
Dec 30, 2018
- The new institute would house a series of displays describing Florida's rich springs diversity, including their hydrology, chemistry, biology and cultural resources
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Dec 20, 2018
- Manatees are on the move. Winter weather seems to drive nearly everything to Florida, from human winter residents to migratory birds. Even manatees migrate this time of year as water temperatures begin to fall.
Dec 18, 2018
- Florida's natural wonders have been in the news this year for all the wrong reasons: toxic tides, green slimes and rotting marine life.
Dec 18, 2018
- Senator Stewart's legislation, which has been filed for the upcoming legislative session, would not only ban fracking in future wells, but would prohibit the extraction process in wells already permitted for drilling or operation.
Dec 17, 2018
- With Election Day passed, it's a good time for state policymakers to evaluate the impact high energy prices and poor policies have had on voters and look for ways Floridians can benefit from better ideas that promote clean, reliable energy.
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Dec 16, 2018
- Rare twin manatees Millennium and Falcon have been released back to their home in the Florida Keys. With satellite tracking transmitters strapped to their bodies, the two marine mammals were returned to waters leading to Florida Bay on Thursday.
Dec 13, 2018
- The EPA's own figures show the rollback of Obama-era regulations will leave 51 percent of the nation's wetlands unprotected. Florida has 12 million acres of wetlands, more than all but one other state
Dec 11, 2018
- The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are partnering to restore the natural spring run and ecology of Bell Springs in Columbia County.
Nov 19, 2018
- Resources to save manatee and other sea life nearing limit a year after toxic red tide bloom outbreak
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Nov 7, 2018
- For too many families, North Florida's once pristine groundwater may be unsafe to drink. One nasty pollutant is nitrate, a principal ingredient in synthetic agricultural and urban fertilizers, and in animal manure and human waste.
Nov 3, 2018
- And today, going to the beach anywhere in Florida stinks, literally. If the red tide doesn't drive you away, the stench of dead fish will.
Nov 2, 2018
- The manatees are back. Tampa Electric Co. opened its Manatee Viewing Center for the season this week with a few improvements. The overflow parking lot will now have a 75-kilowatt solar array, which will shade the shuttle bus waiting area.
Oct 30, 2018
- Big changes are coming to the Weeki Wachee River. The state park has cut back on the number of kayakers allowed on the river each day in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage those kayakers leave behind.
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Oct 30, 2018
- So far this year, 714 manatees have died, compared to 538 in 2017, out of about 6,000 estimated to live in Florida waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Oct 28, 2018
- North Florida's Wakulla Springs, the largest and deepest freshwater spring on Earth, is experiencing an unwelcome change: Its famously crystal waters are turning brown. After extensive study, researchers at Florida State University think they might know why.
Oct 22, 2018
- The Thompson Institute for Earth Systems at the University of Florida says it wants to make sure people are in the know about the latest environmental risks and developments in the state.
Oct 19, 2018
- The crisis extends well beyond our coastlines. Aging sewage systems and septic tanks threaten vulnerable inland waters; nutrients from treated sewage, or biosolids, spread on agricultural lands find their way into nearby lakes and tributaries and befoul them.
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Oct 10, 2018
- North Florida is home to a vast underground plumbing system known as the Floridan Aquifer. Comprising more than 100,000 square miles and several thousand feet in thickness, the Floridan Aquifer is like a gigantic, rock-filled bucket.
Oct 8, 2018
- Red Tide is a manatee's enemy because its toxicity could kill us very quickly! You see red tide is an extremely toxic algae bloom that forms when the water is warm and there are plenty of nutrients for it to live on.
Oct 6, 2018
- That's far more than the subsidies provided for renewable energy like solar and wind; in terms of tax breaks, fossil fuel subsidies outpace renewable subsidies by 7 to 1. It all comes down to politics.
Oct 3, 2018
- The FWC releases statewide red tide reports on Wednesdays and Fridays between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. But this week prior to Wednesday's report, some people in Destin and South Walton were saying they didn't need the official report to know there is a problem.
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Oct 1, 2018
- The bloom has now touched all three of the state's coasts, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This appears to be only the second time that has happened since the state began officially tracking the blooms.
Oct 1, 2018
- Florida International University and Mote Marine Laboratory are developing new and more efficient ways to treat manatees exposed to toxic red tide.
Oct 1, 2018
- The death toll for marine life continues to rise as a toxic red tide bloom stretches along more than 100 miles of Florida's southwestern coast. Ride tide is the suspected culprit of six more manatee deaths in Sarasota County over the weekend.
Sep 27, 2018
- The red tide is a naturally occurring phenomenon worldwide and the bloom in our area has been around since last October. It is still here but hopes are that it will subside as cooler weather, and cooler water, arrives.
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Sep 19, 2018
- A Sarasota Marine Patrol Officer helped Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservations Commission with a sick manatee on Wednesday. The manatee was found near a bridge on South Boulevard of the Presidents near St. Armands Circle.
Sep 16, 2018
- With a horrific red tide killing marine life and tourism on Florida's southwest coast, and with toxic green algae bringing misery to the Treasure Coast and Fort Myers area on a now-annual basis, it's understandable that Gov. Rick Scott would want to run away from his environmental record.
Sep 13, 2018
- Wednesday morning, four rehabilitated manatees from Sea World arrived at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for a stay of undetermined length ' while they're now healthy, they can't be released into their home waters due to red tide.
Sep 12, 2018
- It's September in an election year in Florida, and suddenly everybody cares about water.
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Sep 11, 2018
- As we near manatee season, divers collected several bags of trash to make the area safer for the sea cows. The bags of debris that line the intracoastal pose a problem with the sea cows migrating here starting in November.
Sep 1, 2018
- Heather Barron snatched a fist-sized blue crab from a bucket with a pair of 18-inch hemostats, dangled it in a tank that contained a 380-pound female loggerhead sea turtle and hoped.
Sep 1, 2018
- Plans for cleaning up springs systems in Volusia County and the rest of Florida have been pushed back until after the first of the year. The action plans, ordered by a state Legislature mandate in 2016, were supposed to be final by July 1 this year
Aug 26, 2018
- Blue Springs in Orange City. The surrounding waters are popular for swimming, free diving and floating away on inter-tubes during warmer weather. You may see gators basking in the sunlight and other indigenous aquatic life moving around the waterline.
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Aug 22, 2018
- Stymied over the past three years, a coalition of environmental and business groups issued a letter calling on Florida lawmakers to ban the controversial practice of fracking, with more than 100 city and county elected officials signing on.
Aug 21, 2018
- Florida's natural environment is at an all-time low. Daily images of dead fish, turtles, manatees and even whale sharks, with a green-slime-icing for emphasis, leave no doubt that the political status quo has failed Florida and its animal and human inhabitants.
Aug 20, 2018
- 2018 has not been a good year for Florida's iconic manatees. A total of 540 sea cows have died in the last eight months, surpassing last year's total of 538 deaths, according to figures posted Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Aug 17, 2018
- Big changes are happening with septic tanks in Florida and I felt it was important to bring you into the conversation early, so you were well informed. Now that some time has passed, I wanted to come back to you with an update on where things stand.
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Aug 16, 2018
- Scientists are urging Pensacola area beachcombers and boaters to be on the lookout for manatees affected by a large toxic algae bloom stretching from the waters off Tampa through the Florida Keys.
Aug 10, 2018
- Suncoast photographer Cindy Desmond sent pictures to ABC7 of a gathering of dozen manatees near the N. Jetty tonight. Some concerned bystanders, called Mote Marine thinking they may be in distress due to the red tide.
Aug 9, 2018
- Florida springs and aquifer at risk warns top environmentalist. This year the environment is emerging as a top issue in both the primary and the general election.
Aug 9, 2018
- The gently sloped crystal-clear swimming area is perfect for kids to play and swim. The water is a constant 72°F and incredibly clear. Surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum and cabbage palms, this recreation area feels almost tropical.
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Aug 8, 2018
- The water that connects us "needs us now," author Cynthia Barnett told the crowd gathered at South Walton High School on July 25.
Aug 6, 2018
- Organizers told Action News Jax that they wanted to send state leaders a message that the future should be focused on renewable resources.
Aug 3, 2018
- Stuart and environs is a glistening jewel born of water. It may well top the list of Florida cities in shoreline per capita. There's simply water everywhere.
Aug 3, 2018
- Unsustainable aquifer use through the over-pumping of wells and springs reduces fresh groundwater volumes and allows for the intrusion of seawater.
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Jul 19, 2018
- Florida is well known for its beaches and outdoor nature activities. Tucked away from the coastal lines exists a private natural spring park called Ginnie Springs just six miles outside the city of High Springs, Florida. This hidden gem is located along the Santa Fe River and highlights Florida's northern central nature scene.
Jul 18, 2018
- Visit the new Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park and, if you can get in, you will see what your neighbors do to tolerate the summer heat. They spend the day in the springs.