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Friday, April 27, 2012

May 15 Forum to Address Threats to Silver Springs and St. Johns River

Published April 27, 2012 Florida Sportsman Newswire
On Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m., St. Johns Riverkeeper, Silver Springs Alliance, and Florida Springs Institute will be hosting a forum to discuss the current threats to Silver Springs and the declining health of many of our springs, lakes, and rivers in North Florida.

The forum will be held at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk. It’s open and free to the public.

Map and Directions: http://g.co/maps/n6rm6

This first magnitude spring flows from the aquifer into the Silver River before converging with the Ocklawaha River, the largest tributary of the St. Johns River. Long-term flows in the Silver River have declined by more than 30 percent, and water from the aquifer that feeds Silver Springs is polluted with nitrate nitrogen, the result of excessive fertilizer use and insufficient wastewater management.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Record low flows and levels may bring water shortage order

Published 4/25/2012 The Gainesville Sun The extended drought continues to plummet the region's springs, rivers, lakes and groundwater levels to historic lows.

Now, the Suwannee River Water Management District is mulling a potential water shortage order that would place more stringent restrictions on watering and irrigation for residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial users.

The annual flow along the Santa Fe River for the past 12 months was the lowest for any year-long span since data first were collected in 1927, Wetherington said.

Near Bronson, Levy Blue Spring, historically a third-magnitude spring, stopped flowing in late March.

A county summary of a groundwater pumping report the U.S. Geological Survey releases every five years showed that, in 2005, some 782 million gallons per day were pumped from the aquifer in 22 North Florida counties.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Friends of Wakulla Springs to Host Annual Wakulla Springs 5K Run in May

Published 16 April 2012
The Friends of Wakulla springs State Park presents the 2012 Wakulla Springs 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Wakulla Springs State Park.

This unique run winds through The Sanctuary, a wilderness area of Wakulla Springs State Park which is not open to the general public.

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