Springs Outing: Sweetwater Wetlands Tour w/ Dr. Robert Knight (CANCELED)

THIS OUTING HAS BEEN CANCELED.  During this Springs Outing, we will be exploring Sweetwater Wetlands Park with Florida Springs Institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Robert Knight. Dr. Knight will give us an insider look into the design process, creation, and benefits of treatment wetlands, including recharge to the Floridan Aquifer and many local springs. Completed in 2015, Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a 125-acre man-made wetland habitat featuring several miles of trails. Designed to improve water quality by naturally…

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Too Polluted to Drink
Closeup shot of a man pouring a glass of fresh water from a kitchen faucet

Too Polluted to Drink

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. In the past 100 years of rapid development, the ambient concentration of nitrate throughout the Floridan Aquifer has risen from a baseline concentration of less than 0.05 parts per million (ppm) to 1 ppm, a 20-fold increase. As with most environmental variables,…

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Thank God for Cool Springs

Summer in North Florida can be brutal. Working outside during 90+ degree days is utterly draining. Just six hours spent landscaping and mowing last Saturday made me feel like I was 150 years old. I admire the many working folks who endure long days in Florida’s intense sun and humidity. But why do those who have a choice continue to live here and why do more people move to Florida each day? Visit the new Gilchrist Blue…

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