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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Importance of Florida's Springs

Published 5/12/2008
Most of us who live in rural Florida know about the springs: numerous state parks and other public lands have been planned around them and some of us may even be fortunate enough to have springs on our own land. You really cannot avoid the springs if you're in one of the counties between Gainesville and Tallahassee, not to say the rest of Florida is without springs, but they are nearly omnipresent in the northern part of the state. More importanty, they are one of the key hydrogeographic features of the natural basis for our state's water supply. The karst formations in Florida are a delicate affair, a balance between the underground water table, above-ground rivers and lakes, and the springs that link these-all held together in a framework of ancient limestone and other minerals.

In Gainesville, Glen Springs just north of what is now the Alfred A. Ring Nature Park once fed a pool where neighborhood kids would go swimming, but the same location is now owned by the local Elks' Lodge which uses it for breeding fish for a catch-and-release program.

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