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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Gov. Scott Announces $2.2 Million Investment for Springs Protection

Published 3/20/2013 Suwannee Democrat
Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet approved a plan for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to purchase a tract of land in Madison County that will fill a critical gap for springs protection, flood control assistance and groundwater recharge. The Cabinet approved the Department’s $2.2 million purchase of a 599-acre property owned by the Damascus Peanut Company on the Suwannee River, located near Anderson Spring. The property will complete sections of the Ellaville Twin Rivers State Forest and will be managed by the Florida Forest Service. It is part of Florida’s First Magnitude Springs Florida Forever Project.

A large number of springs are located along the Suwannee River and this property has 1.6 miles of river frontage on the western bank of the river. Those springs are Hardee Springs, Madison Blue Springs, Falmouth Spring and Lafayette Blue Spring.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Land managers begin work on Silver Springs' basin plan

Published March 17, 2013 Ocala.com
The group will spend the next few months crafting what's known as the Basin Management Action Plan, or BMAP.

The BMAP will be the vehicle through which Marion County, joined by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will try to curtail the flushing of nitrates into the springs.

The DEP has designated Silver Springs as impaired, with a nitrate level that is triple the maximum pollution threshold set by the agency.