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Leaky septic tanks fuel algae blooms. Jul 18, 2018 - With toxic algae blooms now erupting all over Florida ' from the St. Johns River to Lake Okeechobee as well as on both coasts ' scientists are pointing a finger at one likely fuel source: pollution from leaking septic tanks.
Ginnie Springs Photo Diary Jun 30, 2018 - Decided to welcome summer by adventuring to some of Florida's natural springs.
Santa Fe River - June 2018 Jun 21, 2018 - A friend called and said she was in need of a short, relaxing trip on cool water. She suggested the Santa Fe. She enjoyed playing with her new SUP and I was hunting up what little wildlife there is to see along the Santa Fe in hopes of getting some good photos with my new camera.
Ponce de León Springs - June 2018 Jun 21, 2018 - This beautiful spring is named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513 in search of the "fountain of youth."
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Florida Springs with Amenities for RV Camping Jun 5, 2018 - The Florida springs are awesome! They are especially a great place to spend time during the summer. Hot and humid summer Florida summer days are made pleasant within seconds of dipping into one of the Florida Springs.
Why You Must Plan a Visit To Ginnie Springs May 21, 2018 - Since 2002 or so, we've joined dozens of friends and family members at Ginnie Springs for our annual Mother's Day small-cation to the woods. It's probably the most highly anticipated event outside of Christmas for our crew.
Rainbow River: K.P.Hole to Head Spring to Blue Run boat Ramp. May 9, 2018 - We met up at K.P. Hole County park , unloaded the kayaks, then drove all the cars down to CR 484 to the Blue Run boat ramp and all the drivers rode back in two cars to K.P Hole County Park to launch. ($5 admission /launch fee).
Hart Springs Mar 28, 2018 - With the kids off for spring break it was the perfect time to get away for the weekend and go camping. We chose a place in Florida that was only a couple of hours away. Hart Springs is located in Gilchrist county near the town of Bell, Florida. It is a county park that has both RV and tent camping sights.
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Way Down Upon the Suwanee River Feb 8, 2018 - We didn't have any reservations for this evening, unsure how far we would drive and where we should end our day. The state parks are generally full. So, we tried something new, a county park. Our day ended at Hart Springs RV Campground outside Bell, Florida. Our first grassy campsite.
District and UF complete collaborative three-year investigation into Florida springs’ health Jan 8, 2018 - Scientists and engineers with the St. Johns River Water Management District and the University of Florida have completed a collaborative multi-year science investigation into the health of priority spring systems.
A Cold but Great Iche Nippy Dip 2018 Jan 6, 2018 - Yes it was cold, but no one complained, and once the initial plunge was past, it was totally exhilarating. Recent previous cold days may have played a role in the low attendance this year, and perhaps the flu also.
Bills benefit conservation, pre-empt local tree ordinances Dec 29, 2017 - When state lawmakers met during the 2017 legislative session, one of the biggest issues was a bill backed by Senate President Joe Negron to revamp how water flows in parts of South Florida.
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Swim with the Manatee in the Florida Springs Dec 28, 2017 - There are still several very attainable bucket list items like swimming with manatees in the Florida springs that I hadn't tackled until last week.
Robert Knight: A mixed year for the health of Florida’s springs Dec 22, 2017 - The past year has been a mixed blessing for Florida's springs. Mother Nature started the year with an extended drought that nearly depleted the flow in many intermediate-sized springs and promoted an explosion of filamentous algae in many larger ones.
Diving in Dye in Florida's Freshwater Springs Dec 16, 2017 - Thin white beams from our headlamps dance around the platform surrounding Silver Spring as we attempt to pull on our wetsuits in the dark. Stars are still bright as a team of researchers docks our boat in the spring basin.
Ginnie Springs – Visibility Forever Dec 8, 2017 - Ginnie Springs was a place I had wanted to go to previously in the year but the weather had different plans when Hurricane Matthew hit and canceled my original trip/diving plans.
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Manatee population continues to recover Nov 17, 2017 - November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered.
Mermaids Are Real & They Swim w/Manatees in Florida Springs Nov 16, 2017 - Each year when air and water temperatures throughout the state of Florida get cold, manatees seek warmth by congregating in the state's 72-degree-yearround springs.
Meet Lagoona, the newest manatee at the South Florida Museum Nov 9, 2017 - A manatee named Lagoona has a new home at the South Florida Museum. Lagoona, who is about 2 years old, was rescued May 29 from Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast of Florida, according to the museum.
Hurricance Irma improved water conditions at Silver Springs Oct 24, 2017 - Each month, the Silver Springs Professional Dive Team plunges into Mammoth Spring ' the state park's main spring — to clean algae and muck from the iconic glass-bottom boats and "I-Spy" statues at the bottom of the spring.
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park Oct 23, 2017 - Seeing the headspring made the frustrations I experienced previously beyond worth it. Oh my goodness it is incredibly beautiful.
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.
Columbus Zoo returns 2 manatees to Florida waters Oct 10, 2017 - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium bid farewell to two manatees, Jedi and Junebug, late Monday night. The duo began their journey back to Florida following completion of their 11-month rehabilitation after being rescued as orphans off the coast of Florida.
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.
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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.
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.
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Family Fun at Alexander Springs Aug 30, 2017 - Located in the Ocala National Forest, Alexander Springs is a favorite swimming hole and outdoor recreation area for families. Parents with little children appreciate the lake-like environment, sandy bottom, and shallow depths.
Family Adventures at Alexander Springs Aug 30, 2017 - Located in the Ocala National Forest, Alexander Springs is a favorite swimming hole and outdoor recreation area for families. Parents with little children appreciate the lake-like environment, sandy bottom, and shallow depths.
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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Wakulla and Sally Ward Springs Aug 5, 2017 - Wakulla Springs is, with Silver and Rainbow Springs, among the largest of Florida's springs and probably among the largest freshwater springs in the world (~800 cfs).
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.
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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."
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.
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