Springs Bike Tour

A few months ago we received an email from Lee Hogan, a bicyclist from Tennessee who was preparing to set out on an 800-mile "springs bike tour" to raise awareness for springs protection.Lee told us the story of how he fell in love with Florida's springs during his time in college at the University of Florida and how he revisited the sunshine state numerous times with his children so they could share his same love for the…

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Beyond Significant Harm

In December 2010 the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (WMD) published their Water Supply Assessment. This document concluded that: ”… groundwater levels in the Upper Floridan aquifer have declined significantly during the past 75 years as a result of regional groundwater withdrawals…” and that “…unacceptable impacts to flows in the Lower Santa Fe River and springs were predicted for the 2010–2030 planning period…”. In April 2014, in response to this unfolding tragedy, the…

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Florida’s Springs Don’t Have to Fail
Photo by Tessa Skiles

Florida’s Springs Don’t Have to Fail

The H.T. Odum Florida Springs Institute recently published the first Florida Springs Conservation Plan which summarizes historical and recent data for 32 “sentinel” springs from among Florida’s 1,000+ artesian springs. This springs’ short list includes most of Florida’s publicly-owned, large, and economically-important springs that serve as the “canaries-in-the-coal-mine” in terms of overall springs condition. The Florida Springs Conservation Plan describes a springs ecological health assessment protocol based on the Florida Springs Institute’s ongoing synthesis of springs research…

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Florida’s springs need your continuing support!
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Florida’s springs need your continuing support!

The Florida Springs Institute was founded in 2010 based on the realization that spring’s health statewide was in a downward spiral and that spring’s restoration and protection would not be successful without the focused efforts of a privately-funded, non-governmental organization. Over the last eight years, thanks to individuals like you, the Florida Springs Institute has worked tirelessly to document changing springs health and to initiate meaningful restoration and protection efforts. While we still have a long way…

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