Prevent Further Damage to our Imperiled Springs
Brad McClenny, The Gainesville Sun

Prevent Further Damage to our Imperiled Springs

Robert L. Knight Published in the Gainesville Sun, June 19, 2020 Science tells us that it has been about 4.5 billion years since the Earth cooled from a cloud of primordial gases. Earliest life appeared on this rocky planet sometime after the appearance of liquid water — about 3.5 billion years ago. The first humans came into the picture less than 2 million years ago. Earth has always had ups and downs – volcanoes, comet strikes, ice ages…

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Santa Fe River Phase 2 Complete

As of May 5th, Florida Springs Institute staff and interns completed Phase 2 of the Santa Fe River and Springs Environmental Analysis, which evaluated the environmental health of the river and springs aquatic ecosystem through regular monitoring and data collection. Phase 2 of the Santa Fe River Project began in April 2018. Sampling was conducted at 62 sampling stations along the Santa Fe River, including stations at the river's major tributaries: the Ichetucknee River, Olustee Creek, and…

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Meet our intern!

Danielle Jordan is a Georgia native who grew up vacationing and traveling around Florida. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Florida Springs Institute this summer while learning more about the unique ecology of Florida’s springs. She is currently a PhD student and graduate assistant in the University of Florida Department of English where she studies the environmental humanities, critical theory, and speculative fiction and film. In her teaching and her…

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A Voice for the Springs

We are happy to share the release of Death by a Thousand Cuts: An Anthology of Springs Opinions by Dr. Robert L. Knight. This collection of opinion pieces, originally published in The Gainesville Sun, charts 12 years (2008 – 2020) of springs advocacy writing from the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's executive director. This book is landmark for Dr. Knight, as well as everyone else who has been a voice for the springs. Not only do…

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Nobody Knows How to Wean Manatees Off Coal Plants: A tale of unnatural symbiosis

Bloomberg Businessweek By Mya Frazier April 2, 2020 The view from the parking lot at Big Bend Power Station, a 1,500-acre plant built in the 1960s to turn coal into electricity just south of Tampa, includes an unexpected sight. Bordering the parking lot are dozens of solar panels, set against a skyline dominated by three smokestacks whose vapor curls across the blue. The panels are little more than a wink—solar is a small fraction of the energy…

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