The Spring State

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Swimming in sunshine 💙🌞
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#TheSpringState #flsprings #floridaspringscouncil #floridaspringsinstitute #flstateparks #saveoursprings #keepflwild #wildflorida #optoutside

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Swimming in sunshine 💙🌞 @johnstarrettphoto . . . #TheSpringState #flsprings #floridaspringscouncil #floridaspringsinstitute #flstateparks #saveoursprings #keepflwild #wildflorida #optoutside

How awesome! Silver Springs State Park is about to become more accessible. They're adding a wheelchair accessible glass bottom boat to their fleet - the first of its kind! 📸: @oldfloridavibes

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How awesome! Silver Springs State Park is about to become more accessible. They're adding a wheelchair accessible glass bottom boat to their fleet - the first of its kind! 📸: @oldfloridavibes

For those of you who were interested in the historical clarity of the Suwannee River, the lovely folks over at Aquaferious have dug up some more info.

Ken Sulak, USGS biologist, wrote, "I was equivocal about the concept of a historically (pre-settler, pre-logging) clear Suwannee River.  But now I am convinced.  A primordial conifer forest is not a major source of tannin, or acidic runoff.  Indeed, the thick needle bed and tremendous uptake of water into the trunk of giant trees pretty much eliminates runoff.  I would like to have seen the Suwannee as did William Bartram, running crystal clear."

Can you imagine??

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For those of you who were interested in the historical clarity of the Suwannee River, the lovely folks over at Aquaferious have dug up some more info. Ken Sulak, USGS biologist, wrote, "I was equivocal about the concept of a historically (pre-settler, pre-logging) clear Suwannee River. But now I am convinced. A primordial conifer forest is not a major source of tannin, or acidic runoff. Indeed, the thick needle bed and tremendous uptake of water into the trunk of giant trees pretty much eliminates runoff. I would like to have seen the Suwannee as did William Bartram, running crystal clear." Can you imagine??

How lucky are we, that we get to see beauty like this? 📸: @jlmaqua629

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How lucky are we, that we get to see beauty like this? 📸: @jlmaqua629

Spud Lake
@nostradamus828 shared the only acceptable tag for a manatee hotspot. 🥔💦🥔

As always at this time of year,. remember that manatees are coming inland to springs to survive. These adorable animals are highly susceptible to cold stress, which is why they're often resting along spring runs. Also, it's better for them to avoid becoming habituated to humans while they're here - it may be easy for boaters to see manatees in the crystal clear springs, but if they've gotten used being around humans/boats, that is a big problem for when they go back to darker waters in the warm weather. So here's the @adoptamanatee list of Manatee Manners!

If you see manatees while swimming, snorkeling, diving, or boating, please follow these suggestions:

Look, but don’t touch. Avoid excess noise and splashing.

Practice “passive observation” and observe manatees from above water and at a distance.

Resist the urge to feed manatees or give them water.

Stash your trash. Discard monofilament line, hooks, and other trash properly.

Do not enter designated manatee sanctuaries for any reason.

Call 1-888-404-3922, email or text Tip@myfwc.com, or use VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio if you see an injured, dead, tagged, or orphaned manatee, or if you see a manatee being harassed.

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@nostradamus828 shared the only acceptable tag for a manatee hotspot. 🥔💦🥔 As always at this time of year,. remember that manatees are coming inland to springs to survive. These adorable animals are highly susceptible to cold stress, which is why they're often resting along spring runs. Also, it's better for them to avoid becoming habituated to humans while they're here - it may be easy for boaters to see manatees in the crystal clear springs, but if they've gotten used being around humans/boats, that is a big problem for when they go back to darker waters in the warm weather. So here's the @adoptamanatee list of Manatee Manners! If you see manatees while swimming, snorkeling, diving, or boating, please follow these suggestions: Look, but don’t touch. Avoid excess noise and splashing. Practice “passive observation” and observe manatees from above water and at a distance. Resist the urge to feed manatees or give them water. Stash your trash. Discard monofilament line, hooks, and other trash properly. Do not enter designated manatee sanctuaries for any reason. Call 1-888-404-3922, email or text Tip@myfwc.com, or use VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio if you see an injured, dead, tagged, or orphaned manatee, or if you see a manatee being harassed.

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Did you know that historical accounts of the Suwannee River describe it as being pellucid, or translucently clear? (Via @thedreamingspring) William Bartram wrote: "The river Little St. Juan [Suwannee River] may, with singular propriety, be termed the pellucid river. The waters are the clearest and purest of any river I ever saw, transmitting distinctly the natural form and appearance of the objects moving in the transparent floods, or reposing on the silvery bed, with the finny inhabitants sporting in its gently flowing stream. The river at the town is about two hundred yards over, and fifteen or twenty feet in depth." In addition to this description from 1774, there are antique postcards showing a blue Suwannee River! How strange to think that our famous blackwater river was once called pellucid, at least in some areas.

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Via @sjriverkeeper: Tune in tonight at 8pm! The Great Florida Riverway, a vast 217-mile three-river system is comprised of the Ocklawaha River, Silver Springs and the Silver River, and the lower St. Johns River. The Riverway was Florida’s first tourist attraction — a magnet for travel writers and explorers alike and a transportation corridor for people and products. 50 years ago, when the Rodman Dam severed the Ocklawaha, all of that changed. Discover the Riverway’s history, environmental challenges, and recreational opportunities in our special hour long production to restore 3 rivers and 50 springs with 1 solution: #FreeTheOcklawaha! Tune in to the Live Premiere, Dec. 2, 8pm at greatfloridariverway.com.

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For #givingtuesday2020, consider this awesome organization! (Donation button in our stories!) Florida's Springs needed a unified advocate focused solely on their protection. The Florida Springs Council fills that need. Just a few highlights from a very busy year in springs protection: The @floridaspringscouncil has: *Successfully protected the Rainbow River from a massive development planned by central Florida's largest private company, alongside Rainbow River Conservation *Finished up an unprecedented legal challenge against DEP's springs cleanup plans, coordinating with seven of our member groups (we're still awaiting a ruling) *Gave the springs a voice in Tallahassee by drafting significant portions of legislation, advocating for more equitable funding for North Florida's waterways, and organizing public opposition to industry-backed water legislation *FSC applied the needed pressure to lead the governor to finally appoint governing board members to long-neglected water management district boards This coming year has a lot more in store for us and our member organizations all over the state as we continue to put our best efforts where the springs most need us. Join us this Giving Tuesday as we continue to give Florida's springs the voice they need. . . . #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #lovefl #pureflorida #roamflorida #visitflorida #TheSpringState #saveoursprings #savethemanatees #floridaspringscouncil #flsprings

It's #ManateeAwarenessMonth guys! This fella here is O'Neil. He was orphaned when he was young - he only weighed 30lbs when he was found. He was rehabbed and released earlier this year, up to a healthier 700lbs! Attached to his tail is a satellite tracker that will eventually break away. Unfortunately, hundreds of manatees are killed each year, in ways directly related to human encroachment. Check out @adoptamanatee for info on coexisting with this beautiful species!
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#amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #lovefl #pureflorida #roamflorida #visitflorida #TheSpringState #saveoursprings #savethemanatees #floridaspringscouncil #flsprings

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It's #ManateeAwarenessMonth guys! This fella here is O'Neil. He was orphaned when he was young - he only weighed 30lbs when he was found. He was rehabbed and released earlier this year, up to a healthier 700lbs! Attached to his tail is a satellite tracker that will eventually break away. Unfortunately, hundreds of manatees are killed each year, in ways directly related to human encroachment. Check out @adoptamanatee for info on coexisting with this beautiful species! . . . #amazingearth #natgeo #itsamazingoutthere #lovefl #pureflorida #roamflorida #visitflorida #TheSpringState #saveoursprings #savethemanatees #floridaspringscouncil #flsprings

Signal boost! Just a few days left to let your $20 donation to the springs also earn you a chance to win this clear kayak! See the link in the @floridaspringscouncil bio to donate/enter!

The Spring State

Signal boost! Just a few days left to let your $20 donation to the springs also earn you a chance to win this clear kayak! See the link in the @floridaspringscouncil bio to donate/enter!

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#thespringstate #loveFL #keepflwild #the_gallery_of_magic #thespringstate #springhunters #underwaterworld #roamflorida #pureflorida #saveoursprings #floridaspringscouncil #floridaspringsinstitute #girlswhofreedive

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You know what day it is. Today is the day we've been waiting for. Today is the day we elect environmental champions who will #ActOnClimate and protect our communities. But only with your help. . ACT NOW. SHARE this post on your feed and/or story and find resources at at link in bio ➡️ FLVoterInfo.org, Volunteer, FCV Events. . The polls are open today from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. At your designated polling location, you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted: Florida driver license or ID card, United States passport, Debit or credit card, Military identification, Student identification, and other forms of I.D. . If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature. . We are calling voters starting at 9 a.m. and up until polls close. Can you spare an hour to call 30 voters? Our endorsed candidates are neck and neck and the margins are razor thin. On Election Night, we may see some wins and losses by only a couple hundred votes. . . This is it, Conservation Voters. Let's leave it all on the field today. Let's give it our all and call every voter, text every friend and family member, and make sure all of our votes are counted. The future depends on us - act now! . . #FCVoters #ConservationVoters #VoteByMailFL #FLoridaVotes #VoteFlorida #CountEveryVote #TuVotoCuenta #Vota #Vote #2020Election

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Go visit the @kingsofthesprings today - it's some good stuff, trust me! Nice timing too, for us Florida teachers who are always on the hunt for virtual content these days. 😊

Via the @floridaspringscouncil:
NO BUILD! Public comments are being taken now, but only until October 14. This link makes it easy to fill in your name and send in yours. Take this opportunity to speak up for the springs --- LINK IN BIO!

The FSC is a proud member of the No Roads To Ruin Coalition because these toll roads would slice through Florida’s most environmentally sensitive recharge areas for the Ichetucknee, Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers, the Rainbow River, and their springs, bringing great profit to a few but devastation to Florida's most fragile ecosystems. The task forces have deliberated for a year and found that these roads are neither needed or nor affordable, and suggest a "No Build" option.

Now's the time to comment and demand a "no build" option! Speak your mind by clicking the link in our bio.

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Via the @floridaspringscouncil: NO BUILD! Public comments are being taken now, but only until October 14. This link makes it easy to fill in your name and send in yours. Take this opportunity to speak up for the springs --- LINK IN BIO! The FSC is a proud member of the No Roads To Ruin Coalition because these toll roads would slice through Florida’s most environmentally sensitive recharge areas for the Ichetucknee, Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers, the Rainbow River, and their springs, bringing great profit to a few but devastation to Florida's most fragile ecosystems. The task forces have deliberated for a year and found that these roads are neither needed or nor affordable, and suggest a "No Build" option. Now's the time to comment and demand a "no build" option! Speak your mind by clicking the link in our bio.

One good cold snap, and these guys will burst out of their cool summer hiding spots to eat their way up and down the river! Springs are thermal refuges for a variety of different species, reason number 8483946 to keep 'em clean.
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#TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

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One good cold snap, and these guys will burst out of their cool summer hiding spots to eat their way up and down the river! Springs are thermal refuges for a variety of different species, reason number 8483946 to keep 'em clean. . . . #TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

"As the Everglades are to South Florida, 
our unique and irreplaceable springs 
define the health and identity of our region and state. They are our blue-water calling 
lcard to the nation and the world.
Our springs are world-class treasures. 
They deserve world-class protection." -Springs Eternal Project

Here’s what you can do right now:

• Use less water. Be mindful of your 
water footprint and consider that the 
choices you make today about diet, 
energy consumption and family size 
will profoundly impact the Florida of 
tomorrow. 

• Turn off the sprinklers, quit fertilizing, 
and a spring will whisper, “Thank you.”
Half the groundwater used at homes in 
Florida – water that otherwise would be 
available for our springs – is poured on 
lawns and landscaping. 

• Pay attention to the people and 
agencies that are responsible for 
managing and protecting our 
waters; they are not immune to the 
influence of moneyed special interests 
that value their profits above our 
waters. The survival of our springs 
depends on public advocacy.

Photo by @outdoorsydiva, caption from The Springs Eternal Project

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"As the Everglades are to South Florida, our unique and irreplaceable springs define the health and identity of our region and state. They are our blue-water calling lcard to the nation and the world. Our springs are world-class treasures. They deserve world-class protection." -Springs Eternal Project Here’s what you can do right now: • Use less water. Be mindful of your water footprint and consider that the choices you make today about diet, energy consumption and family size will profoundly impact the Florida of tomorrow. • Turn off the sprinklers, quit fertilizing, and a spring will whisper, “Thank you.” Half the groundwater used at homes in Florida – water that otherwise would be available for our springs – is poured on lawns and landscaping. • Pay attention to the people and agencies that are responsible for managing and protecting our waters; they are not immune to the influence of moneyed special interests that value their profits above our waters. The survival of our springs depends on public advocacy. Photo by @outdoorsydiva, caption from The Springs Eternal Project

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Support the @floridaspringscouncil! Win the Coolest. Kayak. Ever. We've been fighting (and winning!) battles for Florida's Springs. We run entirely on donations, and @getupandgokayaking is helping us out by adding a little extra excitement to donating. Every $20 donation made through our kayak raffle donation page earns an entry to win your very own CLEAR kayak, just like the ones used on Get Up and Go tours. If you've never seen one in action, take a look, there's no better way to see Florida's Springs! Two removable seats mean you can go solo or tandem. Many thanks to Get Up and Go Kayaking for the video footage and to ongoing support! Donate to enter using the link in the @floridaspringscouncil bio!!!

September is here, and kids are....sorta? back to school. Did you get to visit any springs over summer break? 📸: @shanadurdin

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September is here, and kids are....sorta? back to school. Did you get to visit any springs over summer break? 📸: @shanadurdin

Anyone else grow up going here? Despite the many hundreds and hundreds of times I've gone, whenever I see pictures I think I haven't gone enough. 📸: @joncorreal

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Anyone else grow up going here? Despite the many hundreds and hundreds of times I've gone, whenever I see pictures I think I haven't gone enough. 📸: @joncorreal

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Some really awesome footage from @_samskelton! . . . #TheSpringState #roamflorida #pureflorida #loveFL #visitflorida #igers_florida #livetoexplore #liveoutdoors #sunshinestate #exploremore #findyourselfoutside #saveoursprings #floridasprings #floridanature #keepfloridawild #naturenearyou #manantiales

It's hard to believe fall is right around the corner - what even is time these days anyway? Ofc, this also means that it's almost time for us to stand up for our natural resources at the polls: check out @fcvoters to stay informed & up to date!

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It's hard to believe fall is right around the corner - what even is time these days anyway? Ofc, this also means that it's almost time for us to stand up for our natural resources at the polls: check out @fcvoters to stay informed & up to date!

Today at 11am, @fcvoters and @floridaspringscouncil are doing a Facebook live session to discuss ongoing threats to the springs and ways to get involved in protecting our water. Check out the event page on the Florida Conservation Voters Facebook page! 📸: C. Cassidy

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Today at 11am, @fcvoters and @floridaspringscouncil are doing a Facebook live session to discuss ongoing threats to the springs and ways to get involved in protecting our water. Check out the event page on the Florida Conservation Voters Facebook page! 📸: C. Cassidy

Remember this? In early March the SRWMD was scheduled to consider the Seven Springs/Nestle Consumptive Use Permit (CUP), a meeting that a large number of us were planning to attend in order to speak out against the permit. (@floridaspringscouncil)

Staff had recommended denial of the permit. Just before the meeting took place, Nestle and Seven Springs filed a petition for an administrative hearing, which took the decision out of the hands of the district, and out of the minds of an outraged public, while the judge considered the challenge. 

1. Five months later, the Administrative Law Judge has just returned consideration of the application back to the District.

2. SRWMD staff has reversed their recommendation and now recommends approval of the permit.

3. The permit will be considered at the governing board meeting on Tuesday August 11th, which will be held online, and we encourage you to call in.

Links with more info in bio & stories.

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Remember this? In early March the SRWMD was scheduled to consider the Seven Springs/Nestle Consumptive Use Permit (CUP), a meeting that a large number of us were planning to attend in order to speak out against the permit. (@floridaspringscouncil) Staff had recommended denial of the permit. Just before the meeting took place, Nestle and Seven Springs filed a petition for an administrative hearing, which took the decision out of the hands of the district, and out of the minds of an outraged public, while the judge considered the challenge.  1. Five months later, the Administrative Law Judge has just returned consideration of the application back to the District. 2. SRWMD staff has reversed their recommendation and now recommends approval of the permit. 3. The permit will be considered at the governing board meeting on Tuesday August 11th, which will be held online, and we encourage you to call in. Links with more info in bio & stories.

Did you know...that the @floridaspringscouncil & @floridaspringsinstitute are sister organizations with one main goal: fighting for the springs! The FSI provides the science, FSC advises on policy. We definitely recommend you follow both! 📸: @lindsbrianna 
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#TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

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Did you know...that the @floridaspringscouncil & @floridaspringsinstitute are sister organizations with one main goal: fighting for the springs! The FSI provides the science, FSC advises on policy. We definitely recommend you follow both! 📸: @lindsbrianna . . . #TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

Summer is definitely the season when springs are in high demand, with visitors & locals alike enjoying the 72° water! 😍 If you were taking someone for the first time, what spring fact would you share with them to encourage them to love it just as much as you do?? 😍
📸: @otterpaddleorlando

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Summer is definitely the season when springs are in high demand, with visitors & locals alike enjoying the 72° water! 😍 If you were taking someone for the first time, what spring fact would you share with them to encourage them to love it just as much as you do?? 😍 📸: @otterpaddleorlando

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Just swimming by to remind you that today is the last day to register to vote in the August 18 primary! Visit @fcvoters for more info. 🎥: @thedreamingspring . . . #TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

Blue springs, palm trees, and afternoon showers rolling in. Can't get more Florida summer than this.
📸: @katia__lu

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Blue springs, palm trees, and afternoon showers rolling in. Can't get more Florida summer than this. 📸: @katia__lu

Have you read yesterday's post about the Rainbow yet? If not, please do -- and click the link in our bio to go to the @floridaspringscouncil's list of actions you can take to help save our springs! 💙💙💙 Also, here on IG there are some awesome accounts/artists you can follow who dedicate a lot of their work to spring advocacy. @rainbow_river_conservation shares info directly related to conservation topics on the Rainbow,  and @mermaid_michi, photographed here by @vincentpazosphoto, is a local spring guardian who shares beautiful views & a lot of great information!
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#TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

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Have you read yesterday's post about the Rainbow yet? If not, please do -- and click the link in our bio to go to the @floridaspringscouncil's list of actions you can take to help save our springs! 💙💙💙 Also, here on IG there are some awesome accounts/artists you can follow who dedicate a lot of their work to spring advocacy. @rainbow_river_conservation shares info directly related to conservation topics on the Rainbow, and @mermaid_michi, photographed here by @vincentpazosphoto, is a local spring guardian who shares beautiful views & a lot of great information! . . #TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

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The Rainbow River is threatened by a 90-acre RV park and resort proposed by a timeshare company based in Orlando. One part of their proposal claims ownership of the submerged lands underneath East Blue Cove and asserts the ability to restrict public access to this portion of the Rainbow River for the exclusive use of the resort. . East Blue Cove has been a popular recreation spot for more than fifty years. Restricting access to this portion of the Rainbow River for commercial gain goes against Florida case law and takes away from the experience of other recreational users. See the “Dont Ruin Rainbow” link in our bio to learn more about this development and how you can help local residents fight it! (Graphic & caption via @floridaspringscouncil, video via @_kellydelvalle_) . . #TheSpringstate #SaveOurSprings #floridawild #FlSprings #springhunters #floridasprings #explorida #therealflorida #saveourwater

Please read, from the @floridaspringscouncil: Springs lovers have become more conscientious about how their personal decisions affect springs health, and so many are forgoing lawn fertilizers and supporting septic-to-sewer, which are needed changes. But the data makes it clear that the springs can not be fully protected unless the state finds a way to work with the agricultural industry to curb pollution seeping from ag lands through fragile karst directly into our collective water source. The Clean Waterways Act, which is sitting on the Governor’s desk right now to be signed into law, was an opportunity to do so. But lobbyists removed any portions of the law that would address agricultural pollution. The final version of the law will not prevent one single pound of nitrogen pollution from entering our springs from agricultural activities. The Florida Springs Council will be back next year to continue working with lawmakers to fix that. It’s why we’re here.
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#saveoursprings #voiceforthesprings #cleaneaterwaysact

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Please read, from the @floridaspringscouncil: Springs lovers have become more conscientious about how their personal decisions affect springs health, and so many are forgoing lawn fertilizers and supporting septic-to-sewer, which are needed changes. But the data makes it clear that the springs can not be fully protected unless the state finds a way to work with the agricultural industry to curb pollution seeping from ag lands through fragile karst directly into our collective water source. The Clean Waterways Act, which is sitting on the Governor’s desk right now to be signed into law, was an opportunity to do so. But lobbyists removed any portions of the law that would address agricultural pollution. The final version of the law will not prevent one single pound of nitrogen pollution from entering our springs from agricultural activities. The Florida Springs Council will be back next year to continue working with lawmakers to fix that. It’s why we’re here. . . . #saveoursprings #voiceforthesprings #cleaneaterwaysact