My Flickr Photos of Springs

Monday, November 21, 2011

Florida, a state defined by its waters, gets the loving eye of photographer Karen Glaser

Published November 20, 2011 Naples News Glaser's photographs from north and west Florida springs plunge gallery-goers into an intriguing liquid realm. Underwater pictures like "Turtle Hop at Catfish Sink" provide a fish-eye view of the world. The photograph offers a serene vision of life in a water hole in Manatee Springs State Park, located in Chiefland, west of Gainesville. When taking pictures below the surface, she primarily uses a Nikonos V camera, made by Nikon for underwater photography, and her images are recorded on film. Eventually, her images were collected in the book "Mysterious Manatees," published in 2003 by the University Press of Florida and the Center for American Places. Source

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Septic Tank Inspection: Protect Florida's Water Septic Tank Inspection: Protect Florida's Water

Published November 16, 2011 The Ledger Many were surprised when the Florida Legislature passed a law two years ago mandating an inspection regime for the state's 2.6 million septic tanks. It comes as no surprise, however, that lawmakers are now rushing to repeal that requirement before it can ever be enforced. It is beyond doubt that untreated waste or poorly treated waste seeping into the ground can contaminate Florida's springs, lakes and streams — water that belongs to all Floridians. Source

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Florida's proposed rules on nitrogen, phosphorous pollution show devotion to clean water

Published November 15, 2011 Tampa Bay Times (Opinion) The majority of Florida's impaired waters are affected by nitrogen and phosphorous pollution — caused by stormwater runoff from urbanized areas, discharges from wastewater treatment plants and fertilizer runoff from farms. In 2008, the EPA determined that measurable limits on discharges of nutrients, known as numeric criteria, are necessary to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act and reduce nutrient pollution in Florida's treasured water bodies. We set in motion a process to develop these standards, making clear that our strong preference was for the state to move forward on its own. When Florida did not act, the EPA issued standards in 2010. Source