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Monday, March 19, 2012

Robert L. Knight: Save the Santa Fe (Editorial)

Published March 18, 2012 The Gainesville Sun
The Santa Fe River and springs are among the most accessible nature-based recreational destinations in the region. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced the adoption of a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) that is intended to restore the water quality in the Santa Fe River and the springs that nourish it.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

FLOW in early stages of organization

Published March 14, 2012 Suwannee Democrat In its early stages of development, FLOW, or Florida Leaders Organized for Water, are doing just that, getting organized. Dinges announced that the minimum flow levels for the lower Santa Fe River and its priority springs, Ichetucknee River and the head springs of the Ichetucknee should be done by this summer. He said they have begun work on the upper Suwannee River, Suwannee Springs and White Sulfur Springs. Source

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tubing down the river: Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Published March 13, 2012 Palm Beach Post
From the end of May until early September, tubing down the river is the primary activity.

That's not the only activity, however. Picnic, snorkel, canoe, swim, hike - you can even scuba dive in the Blue Hole, if you're cave-certified.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Septic inspections on the way out

Published March 09, 2012 NewsHerald.com
On Friday, the final day of the legislative session, Florida lawmakers repealed 2010’s mandatory septic tank inspections for all but 19 Florida counties. The remaining counties, including Bay County, can opt out of the state regulation with a 60 percent vote of the County Commission, and Bay County commissioners have said they support the repeal.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Blue Springs (Jackson County, FL)

Cave diving is popular on the pond year round. Up until 2008 cave diving was restricted at Blue Spring during the hours it was open to the public in the summer. The county lifted that rule and opened the park to cave divers 24/7. In 2010 they placed key pad on the gate so visitors just have to enter the key code to open the gate. Access is $25 per day or $150 per year. Or you can access the spring, as well as the other 7 springs by boat by using one of the boat launches along the pond.

The pond has 3 boat launches along its length. Baptism Launch is the one closest to the head spring and is located at the end of Day Loop Rd, just before the entrance to Blue Spring park. Baptism Launch is a primitive launch and does not allow for launching trailered boats. Hunter Fish Camp Launch is located about 3 miles south of Baptism Launch, right across from Gator Hole. It is a paved launch. Be careful though! When the water level is about a foot low your motor prop will hit the bottom so keep it up. The third launch is located at Arrowhead Campground which is right at the dam. There’s a small fee to launch a boat from this ramp.

House passes bill repealing septic tank inspection requirement

Published 02/29/2012
The Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would repeal a statewide septic tanks inspection requirement.