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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SRWMD declares April 2013 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

Published April 29, 2013

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board has joined with the Florida Legislature by recognizing April 2013 as Springs Protection Awareness Month.
With more than 300 documented springs, the District has one of the highest concentrations of freshwater springs in the United States. Of the state’s 33 first magnitude springs (ones flowing at least 100 cubic feet per second, or 64 million gallons a day), 18 are in the District.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Panel focuses on saving our springs

Published April 20, 2013 The Gainesville Sun
John Moran was one of three people panelists in a discussion about Florida's natural springs being in danger. The talk took place at the Florida Museum of Natural History on Saturday, and it also featured Lesley Gamble, an art history professor at the University of Florida, and graphic designer Rick Kilby.

Moran, Gamble and Kilby have started the Springs Eternal Project, a movement to raise awareness about saving the state's springs. The project includes a photo exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History. It also will include huge murals wrapped around local buses.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fraternities collaborate to save Florida springs

Published April 15, 2013
Bringing together the combined efforts of nine USF fraternities, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) coordinated a campaign that played on competition between Greek organizations and culminated Sunday afternoon in a series of performances for IFC’s first collaborative philanthropy initiative.

Bob Knight, founder of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, opened the event after a brief video played, illustrating the threats facing Florida’s aquatic ecosystem such as pollution, over-pumping and resulting poisonous algae blooms.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Now Endangered, Florida's Silver Springs Once Lured Tourists

Published Apr 13, 2013
Countless movies were filmed there, including Tarzan and Creature From the Black Lagoon. With its wildlife and freshwater springs, Silver Springs in Central Florida was one of the state's most popular tourist destinations. Those waters have receded now as the delicate ecosystem suffers from problems that threaten the entire state.

Later this year, Florida's park service will take over Silver Springs and begin working to restore it to a more natural state. That is a huge task, however, and over the past two decades, Silver Springs — and most springs in Florida — have fallen on hard times. Source