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Monday, June 29, 2009

UNF hosts events focused on St. Johns River

Published Jun. 29, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union
On Wednesday, UNF's Coastal Biology Program is sponsoring "The River As We See It," an art exhibit that showcases artifacts, photography and paintings of the river. It will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jacksonville Main Library.

They are also sponsoring a lecture on "The Current State of the St. Johns River," from Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at the Jacksonville Main Library downtown.
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Groveland's water-battle bill nears $800,000

Published June 28, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel
This small Lake County city has poured nearly $800,000 so far into its battle against a California bottling company's efforts to get its water from the Floridan Aquifer.

Niagara is asking the St. Johns River Water Management District whether it can pump as much as 484,000 gallons of water per day from its south Lake County facility, bottle it and sell it.
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Researchers: Slowing Apalachicola River flow harmful to marine life

Published June 28, 2009 - Tallahassee Democrat
Reducing the flow of the Apalachicola River could have detrimental effects on marine ecosystems, including fish populations, according to a recent study by researchers at Florida State University.

Using satellite ocean color data and an ocean model, the study found that years with low-river flow showed a lesser concentration of phytoplankton, a microscopic plant-like organism that serves as food for bigger organisms, Morey said.
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Bike Florida launches year-round touring program

Published 6/28/09 - Travel Video News
Tours will initially cover the 260-mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, a richly historic route that includes America’s oldest city, St. Augustine; the Merritt Island and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuges, state parks, country museums and beach swimming, with water taxi and houseboat connections.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

As water levels fall, districts join forces

Published June 27, 2009 - The Gainesville Sun
Two water management districts have begun working together on how to deal with declining groundwater levels in North Florida.

Employees of the Suwannee River and St. Johns River water management districts met earlier this month to determine why the water levels are declining and how to reverse the trend.
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hillsborough shops offer canoe and kayak rentals

Published June 26, 2009 - St. Petersburg Times
Although Cribbs' business has declined over the years, it's not a reflection of the industry in the area. Just 23 miles down the road, business at the Little Manatee Canoe Outpost continues to increase.

Some weekends in the spring are so busy that all 45 canoes and 20 kayaks get rented, Ruddeforth said. Business slows a little in the summer, but on Saturday the Canoe Outpost had 70 to 80 customers, or about 35 boat rentals. On the same day, Alafia Canoe Rentals did about 30 rentals. But Cribbs said some weekend days she rents out as few as 15 of her 100 canoes and five single-person kayaks.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Tubers now have more options to enjoy Rainbow River

Published June 25, 2009 - Ocala Star-Banner
The Rainbow is a first-magnitude spring ranked fourth in Florida for volume of discharge, producing 400 million to 600 million gallons of water a day along the 5.9-mile-long waterway, said Jerry Rogers, vice-president of the environmental group Rainbow River Conservation Inc.

For families with young children, Rainbow Springs State Park's newer tubing operation, now in its second season, is a good way to try tubing without committing to such a long run, Rogers said.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Answers to specific questions re: Poe Springs

Published Jun 24, 2009
SUMMARY
PREEMPTION ISSUES WE INVESTIGATED DUE TO PUBLIC CONCERNS:
· Park management verbally telling canoers/kayakers that they could not paddle into spring & spring run and would have to pay admission fee to swim
· 2 posted signs along the spring run that caused confusion – leading river users to believe the spring and spring run were private (“DESIGNATED SWIMMING AREA – NO BOATS BEYOND THIS POINT” + “POE SPRINGS PARK – ENTRANCE FEE - $5.00 PER PERSON”)
Both issues bulleted above can qualify as “unauthorized preemption” of SSL (Sovereign Submerged Lands)

RESULTS:
· Division of State Lands confirmed “THE STATE HOLDS TITLE TO THE SUBMERGED LANDS OF POE SPRING, POE SPRING RUN AND THE SANTA FE RIVER AT THIS SITE”
· Alachua County & Nature Quest was informed of the title determination – both agreed not to limit/manage/control public access to Poe Spring and the spring run
· County removed both signs from the spring run (signs had been put up prior to Nature Quest management) – I (DEP) visited site this morning and confirmed removal
· Informed county that they could not deposit “new sand” or “other fill” w/in 100’ of the spring & spring run to maintain the present man-made beach area

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS:
1. Yes, the waters in the spring and spring run are for the public’s use and cannot be managed by another party without authorization
2. Yes, any lands “waterward” of the “ordinary high” along the Santa Fe River, the spring run, and the spring itself is SSL for public use (lawful) and cannot be managed by another party without authorization
3. Yes, the land submerged (bottom) in the spring and spring run is SSL for public use – public can “walk” up the spring run
4. Yes, the public has the right to park on the Santa Fe River bank (staying in water) & wade/walk or swim up into the spring run and spring. Yes, the public can paddle up into the spring run and spring.
5. SEE DISCUSSION BELOW

DISCUSSION:
At different times the fixed ordinary high water line can fall below water levels (i.e. floods) or can be above water levels on dry bank (i.e. drought) – a good rule of thumb is for the public to stay in the water column with their vessel and feet – along the mostly level river, spring bottom. Walking along the exposed sloping banks of rivers and springs contribute to bank erosion and potentially gets the user into an issue with the surrounding property owner. We ask the public to respect private property and use care when paddling into springs with swimmers/divers/children present. Alachua Co and Nature Quest stated that they will approach individuals for admissions if they walk above the top of the bank – i.e. to use the restroom or picnic facilities. They understand that paddlers will be along the banks when exiting their vessels to go for a swim.

Hope this helps - call if any questions,

Carmine Oliverio

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Northeast District - Live Oak Field Office
Submerged Lands / Environmental Resources Permitting - Compliance & Enforcement
(386) 362-0417
Source: Email correspondence

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

'Staycation' At Blue Springs Recreational Area

Published Jun 23, 2009 - WJHQ
The Blue Springs Recreational Area has 68 degrees of crystal clear blue water.

Approximately 122 million gallons of water flows through Blue Springs everyday.
It's one of 33 "first magnitude" springs throughout Florida.
County Parks Director Chuck Hatcher says they've already seen a big attendance increase even though they're only open 84 days out of the year.
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Monday, June 22, 2009

92-year-old crusader's latest cause is saving the St. Johns River

Published June 22, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel
Stetson Kennedy, legendary champion of civil rights and cultural preservation, has begun a legal battle at age 92 to keep thirsty Central Florida from draining the St. Johns River.

This time, he got a lawyer and filed a lawsuit three weeks ago, alleging a violation of his rights under the state's open-government laws and asking a judge to void the decision made during the meeting to grant Seminole County rights to pump river water.

"We pay enough of a price for the arrogance of government," Kennedy said last week at his home near the St. Johns River. "The river is in for a heap of big trouble."
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Volusia County starts study of water, sewer rates

Published Jun 21, 2009 - The West Volusia Beacon
The St. Johns River Water Management District is demanding Volusia and surrounding counties consider tapping the St. Johns River or desalinating sea water. This refined water would be distributed to local utilities for sale to their customers, perhaps as a blend with groundwater.

If Volusia County is to be a partner in the development of the Yankee Lake project and thus to receive some of the treated river water, it may soon have to pay between $2 million and $3 million as part of its share in the venture.
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Blue Springs Park Setting Records

Published - June 21, 2009
...averaging almost 1,000 people per day...

After being open only sixteen days of the season the park has attracted 15,300 people. During last year’s record year, the total attendance for the season was 27,600. “The park has everything in place for a family to come and enjoy a great day of fun in a wonderful, family environment.” (I couldn't agree more, this is one of th top 3 Springs for the family throughout Florida)
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Final straw? Anxiety grows about reaching water's limit

Published June 21, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel
On any given day, more than 3.6 million gallons of water — more than enough to fill five Olympic-size swimming pools — is sucked up from the ground in Florida, put into bottles and sold.

Bottled-water companies also draw a relative drop in the bucket compared with other beverage companies.

•Beer: Anheuser-Busch's Jacksonville brewery has a permit to draw more than 6.25 million gallons a day for the brewing, bottling and packaging of its beer.

•Juice: The Cutrale Citrus Juices USA plant in Leesburg is allocated 904,110 gallons of water per day for juice production, fruit processing and irrigating its 4.4 acres of landscaping.
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DeLand, county, New Smyrna file objections over water plant on Lower Ocklawaha

Published Jun 21, 2009 - The West Volusia Beacon
The bigger picture, Elkind said, is the Water Management District requiring all West Volusia cities to seek alternative water sources, not just to accommodate future growth, but to provide current needs.

One reason is to protect the water flow at Blue Spring, but recent studies show rainfall has much more effect on those levels than do wells drilled into the aquifer, Elkind said. Studies commissioned by DeLand, the county, Deltona and Orange City are challenging the district's studies.
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Questions asked about ‘imaginary line’ between springs and river

Published 6/19/09 - High Springs Herald
Questions about the “imaginary line” between Poe Springs Park and the Santa Fe River has both the Alachua county attorney and officials from the state investigating.
The state will be investigating what it calls the Sovereign Submerged Lands (SSL) issue.

A few years ago, several area property owners put up ropes and sandbags to try to block people from entering springs, Oliverio said.

The state had to step in and tell the property owners that navigable waters are for the public to use so long as a person does not get out of the water and onto the land. Touching the bottom of the spring is allowed.

Florida laws state that any navigable water, such as rivers and the connecting springs, is public, Oliverio said.
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Volusia court fight reopens river-withdrawal war

Published Jun. 19, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union
The St. Johns River Water Management District is facing new legal fights with three governments about plans for taking water from a St. Johns tributary.

The withdrawal debate has already featured a court fight between the management district, governments of Jacksonville and St. Johns County and the St. Johns Riverkeeper over river withdrawals in Seminole County. The management district won that case, but Jacksonville and the Riverkeeper are appealing.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cherokee Sink won't reopen without permit

Published June 10, 2009 - Tallahassee Democrat
The state park service-owned sinkhole was closed by state health officials March 12, after high levels of bacteria were found in the sinkhole's water. Though such closures are routine and usually temporary, the discovery revealed Cherokee Sink never received a "public bathing place" permit, as required of all swimming areas in state parks.

...public restrooms at Cherokee Sink would cost about $200,000 for construction and sewage — and they don't have the money right now.

...31,598 people visited Cherokee Sink last year.

...first time Cherokee Sink has been closed because of water quality since the state began operating it in 2001.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

District to treat water hyacinth and water lettuce on Peace River

Published June 9, 2009 - NewsChief.com
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is treating water hyacinth and water lettuce on portions of the Peace River this week and during the week of June 15-19.

Water hyacinth and water lettuce are troublesome aquatic plants from other countries that were introduced to Florida. Both species have the potential to expand rapidly and cause problems in many other tropical and subtropical countries where they have been introduced.
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Can you canoe? 10 local kayak rentals for a summer eco-adventure

Published 6/8/09 - Examiner.com
Below is a list of 10 local canoe and kayak rental companies that will help your family enjoy what the Tampa Bay waterways have to offer.

Weeki Wachee Canoe & Kayak Rental
See the spring-fed Weeki Wachee River from canoes and kayaks. Watch the manatees and other wildlife, go swimming or fishing, have a picnic, or just float along with the current. When you reach the end, you can be brought back upstream by road. $52 per 2-seat canoe or kayak.

Kayaks and Beyond
Kayak and canoe rentals include a color waterproof map of King's Bay and surrounding waterways with icons showing points of interest, a bottle of water, a snack and plenty of friendly service and help. Launch easily right at their shop. It is just a short 10 minute paddle to Three Sister's Springs. Tandem kayaks and canoes $30 for 1-2 hours, $40 for 2-4 hours and $50 for 4 or more hours.
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May showers, fertilizer lead to early algae bloom

Published Jun. 8, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union
Warm weather after weeks of rain could cause summertime algae blooms to spread across Northeast Florida's rivers and creeks this month.

The slimy green scum is a seasonal feature on the St. Johns, but carries a potential public health concern because the blooms can produce toxins that affect both fish and people.

Runoff from hard rains has made the river darker than normal, which hurts algae by limiting the light it receives, he said.

But that runoff is full of fertilizer and other sources of nitrogen that feeds algae, so big blooms can happen faster.
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Wacissa River Race

Posted Jun 7, 2009 - WCTV
About thirty people participate in the Wacissa River Race in Jefferson County on Sunday (6/7)

The race has been held in Wacissa since 1972. Many of the participants are members of the Florida Competition Paddlers Association.
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Monday, June 08, 2009

Hundreds snag 14 tons of trash in river cleanup

Published June 07, 2009 - NewsJournalOnline.com
Darrell Abrahamson, a Volusia County environmental specialist who organized the cleanup, said 442 people pre-registered for the event. Volunteers collected about 14 tons of trash at nine sites from Lake Harney in the southern part of the county to Lake George at the northwest tip.
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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Explore, enjoy Florida

Published June 6, 2009 - Summit Daily News
Crystal River
Crystal River and its proximity to hidden bayous and the Gulf of Mexico is a magnet for boaters and fishing fanatics. Manatee tours are a must when visiting Crystal River. The winter and early spring are the best times to take a manatee tour. Get more information at http://www.manateeswimtours.com

Peace River
The river is a contradiction of shallow and clear and deep and dark. It is also sandy, rocky and a combination of both.

We started our adventure in the town of Arcadia in DeSoto County. There are several places along the river to rent canoes. We chose the Canoe Outpost mainly for their impressive website, http://www.canoeoutpost.com/
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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Wacissa River Race

Sunday 6/7/09 River race for kayaks and canoes. 11 miles. Registration at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Wacissa River, State Road 59, Wacissa. 385-4974.
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Manatees need more protection from humans, Crystal River advocates say

Published June 6, 2009 - St. Petersburg Times
Nearly 100 business owners, environmentalists and residents packed a community meeting Thursday to talk about how to protect manatees in Crystal River, the only place in the country where the federal government permits swimming with manatees.

The community's ideas will be presented to the full Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission when it meets in Crystal River on June 17 and 18.
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Blue Spring freedivers love the sport, but it can be dangerous

Published Jun 5, 2009 -
Freediving is the act of diving on a single breath. As with scuba diving, a mask and fins are used, and there is great potential for underwater exploration. Unlike scuba, however, freedivers don't use air tanks or wet suits. It's human-versus-water on one breath of air.

"People tend to think it’s just about holding your breath," Gelman said. "While that’s part of the equation, there are other vital parts to freediving. Knowing your limits, training your body, knowing how gases react under pressure and how they react when you ascend."

For more information about freediving, visit AIDA International, http://www.aida-international.org, http://www.freedive.net or http://www.sfdj.com
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State recognizes June as Florida Rivers Month

Published June 5, 2009 - Pine Island Eagle
Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation honoring June as Florida Rivers Month, recognizing the importance of protecting the more than 50,000 miles of rivers and streams flowing throughout the state. Florida's famed waterways include the historic Suwannee River made famous by folk musician Stephen Foster, the 310-mile St. Johns River, one of only a few rivers in North America that flows north, and Northwest Florida's Apalachicola River, which helps supply 90 percent of Florida's oysters by feeding Apalachicola Bay.

To provide more information on the state's ongoing efforts to protect its waterways, DEP recently launched an interactive Web site for citizens to learn more about the waterbodies in their communities, the ongoing restoration activities associated with them, and ways each and every one of us can help protect these waters. Visit http://www.ProtectingOurWater.org for more information on Florida's initiative to protect its rivers and streams.
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Florida DEP Continues Restoration of Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries

Publlished 06-05-2009 - Wakulla.com
Florida has marked another milestone in its comprehensive strategy to address waterbody restorations around the state. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole has signed three orders identifying waterbodies for water quality improvement goals. The waters identified for restoration include waters in the Group 5, Group 1, and Group 2 basins. Florida’s 52 major basins have been divided into five groups of basins and a five year rotating basin approach is used to monitor and assess waters, to develop and adopt Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for those waters that do not meet their water quality standards, and to develop Basin Management Action Plans, where appropriate, to serve as the blueprint for restoring the impaired waters.
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A wave of cool options

Published June 5, 2009 - The Gainesville Sun
Poe Springs rents canoes and kayaks and also has various ball courts to entertain visitors.

About 40 miles northwest of Gainesville is Ichetucknee Springs State Park - a summertime tradition for Gainesville residents. The park gives visitors the option of floating down the Ichetucknee River or swimming in either the head spring or Blue Hole spring.

The tubing season runs until Labor Day, and guests can choose from three-hour, 1 1/2-hour and 45-minute river routes.

Only 750 people are allowed to float down the three-hour route each day, so plan to arrive early if you prefer this option.
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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Volunteers ready to clean up St. Johns

Published June 04, 2009 - West Volusia News
Hundreds of volunteers are preparing to hit the St. Johns River shoreline this weekend to pick up bottles, cans and other assorted debris that collects among water lilies and cypress trees.

The annual St. Johns River Cleanup, one event in the National River Cleanup Week, takes place Saturday in nine locations along the riverfront in Volusia County.
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Weeki Wachee Springs volunteers wash windows, fix tail props for mermaids

Published June 4, 2009 - St. Petersburg Times
Six months after becoming a state park, Weeki Wachee Springs has acquired the help of some 60 volunteers. And marketing director John Athanason says he has lots more applications sitting on his desk.
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Water Wars May Take New Direction

Published Jun 4th, 2009 - The Jacksonville Observer
With a new federal administration , a potentially landmark court ruling pending and spring rains swelling the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system, Florida could be poised for greater cooperation with Georgia and Alabama in distributing the water they share.
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Volunteers needed for Manatee Watch program

Published June 3, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel
Volusia County is looking for people interested in joining Manatee Watch, a program that focuses on identifying and monitoring manatees in local waterways.

More information about Manatee Watch is available at http://volusiamanatees.org
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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Plunge into safety

Published June 3, 2009 - The Gainesville Sun
The heavy rains that flooded North Florida rivers earlier this year have created unique hazards for boaters, Parker also said. Those flood waters carried debris into the Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers and have caused faster currents.

...there have been no reports of injuries due to sturgeon so far in 2009. "The theory is that the higher the water levels, the less the sturgeon jump," she said. No one has determined why sturgeon jump out of the water.
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Commission takes first step to protect area springs

Published June 3, 2009 - Ocala Star-Banner
On Tuesday, the County Commission voted 4-1 for an ordinance establishing stricter regulations on new development and septic tank usage in areas that recharge the major springs in Marion County including Silver and Rainbow, the biggest and fourth-biggest inland springs in Florida, respectively.

The ordinance also says that drought-resistant, "Marion-friendly" landscaping will be planted in areas of new development, and that businesses that can produce hazardous waste will be banned from the primary springs protection zone. Exceptions can apply to some businesses that already meet state environmental requirements.
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Saturday lecture on the history of Blue Spring State Park

Published June 3, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel
"The water beneath your feet" lecture will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd.

Bill Hall, an employee with the State Park Division, will address the history, mystery and marvels of Blue Spring State Park, which is a source for drinking water and habitat for hundreds of manatees. He also will share the geology and biology of Blue Spring.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Groveland to Niagara: If you tap aquifer, then take Lake Monroe water, too

Published June 2, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel
If Niagara Bottling Co. is allowed to withdraw water from the aquifer in south Lake County for a profit, then the California-based company also should be required to use water from Lake Monroe in Seminole County.

That's what Groveland's attorneys have proposed to an administrative-law judge in their final written arguments submitted as part of an ongoing legal dispute between the city and the water bottler.
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Volunteer at Saturday's St. Johns River cleanup

Published June 2, 2009 - Orlando Sentinel
The Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities invites residents to participate in the 13th Annual St. Johns River Cleanup from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Lake County is participating in the event with Volusia County. Of the ten cleanup sites, nine are on the Volusia side of the river. The Lake County site is at the Butler Street Boat Ramp, 55400 Butler St., Astor.

To volunteer, visit http://volusia.org/cleanup/stjohns.htm or contact Bowers, site captain for the Butler Street Boat Ramp, at 352-343-3776.
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New jobs or healthy river

Submitted 06/02/2009 (Opinion)
The Jacksonville Port Authority is attempting to kill another great Florida river, the St. Johns. Dredging a natural river went out of favor in the 1970s after the US Army Corps of Engineers dredged the Kissimmee and the Caloosahatchee, and many other Florida rivers. Our generation and future generations is paying the price to "restore" those rivers, as best possible, and it is bankrupting us. It is not about Jacksonville jobs, there are plenty; it is about the quality of the St. Johns.
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Florida DEP continues restoration of rivers, lakes, estuaries

Published June 2, 2009 - Pine Island Eagle
Florida has marked another milestone in its comprehensive strategy to address waterbody restorations around the state. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole has signed three orders identifying waterbodies for water quality improvement goals. The waters identified for restoration include waters in the Group 5, Group 1, and Group 2 basins. Florida's 52 major basins have been divided into five groups of basins and a five year rotating basin approach is used to monitor and assess waters, to develop and adopt Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for those waters that do not meet their water quality standards, and to develop Basin Management Action Plans, where appropriate, to serve as the blueprint for restoring the impaired waters.
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Free Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop to be Held

Published 06-02-2009 - Wakulla.com
You are cordially invited to a Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop for the Wakulla Springshed on Friday June 12, 2009 at the Wakulla County Extension Office in Crawfordville, Florida. This FREE workshop will focus on protection of springs, surface water and groundwater through the implementation of LID practices in Wakulla, Leon, and Jefferson counties.

Your participation will help make this workshop a success, so mark your calendar and bring your experience, insight, and enthusiasm to the table. Please register as soon as possible, but no later than June 9. For questions about the workshop, send an email to mjkipp@ufl.eduThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or call (352) 273-0245.
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Protecting the springs

Published June 1, 2009
On Tuesday, the County Commission will take up the springs protection ordinance, which was first proposed more than four years ago, nearly died along the way amid complaints from developers, and has now returned as a possible counterargument to heightened state oversight of development near major springs.

The concept of reversing the decades-old decline in the health of Silver and Rainbow springs - respectively the first and fourth-largest non-tidal springs in Florida - first popped up on the commission's radar in March 2005.
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Chipola, Apalachicola Rivers Marked for Help

Published 06/01/09
Under the federal Clean Water Act, each state in the nation must identify impaired rivers, lakes and estuaries for clean-up. Science-based pollution limits, called Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), are then developed for each impaired waterway. A TMDL is the maximum amount of a specific pollutant a waterbody can absorb and still meet its designated uses, such as fishing, swimming, shellfish harvesting or as a source of drinking water. In 1999, Florida adopted a nationally-recognized program to govern TMDL development and implementation.
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Downstream water releases won't affect Lanier for now, corps says

Published June 1, 2009 - Gainesvilletimes.com
An easing of drought conditions has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resume normal downstream releases of water previously held in reservoirs during the drought.

The procedure change stems from provisions of a revised interim operating plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system that allow slightly less water to be released at Woodruff Dam on the Apalachicola River near the Florida border.
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DEP tells Putnam mill to rethink dioxin, other problems

Published Jun. 1, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union
Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill near Palatka must reopen a search for ways to clean its wastewater, especially of cancer-causing dioxin, a state agency said Monday.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s order puts in question the future of a planned pipeline to carry wastewater from the mill to the St. Johns River. It could also obligate the company to begin a costly cleanup of dioxin in holding ponds that help filter wastewater.
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Go with the flow on the Little Manatee River

Published June 1, 2009 - Examiner.com
Visitors can experience the river in many different ways, whether they want to be on the river or just next to it. Paddling is probably the most direct route to get close to the water. The Little Manatee River Canoe Trail is five miles of blackwater, full of fun twists and turns as well as birds, otters, alligators, and the occasional manatee. The trail is located about 25 minutes south of Tampa, just off of Hwy 301 near Sun City Center. Regular paddlers can bring their own equipment and find their own put-ins, or newcomers can try a local outfitter like Canoe Outpost to help them with boat rental and shuttle service.
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Monday, June 01, 2009

What next for Florida's springs after bill dies?

Published May 31, 2009
To Stevenson, who is coordinator of state working groups for Wakulla Springs and for Ichetucknee Springs near Lake City, the teen's lack of awareness represents the lack of public understanding about springs and the threats to groundwater that flows from the sparkling watery jewels. And he says that lack of understanding is a large part of the reason why an ambitious springs bill died in the recent legislative session.
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