My Flickr Photos of Springs

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Published February 14, 2014
Silver Glen Springs Run isn’t much of a waterway. It connects Glen Springs, a first-magnitude spring, to Lake George, the largest lake on the St. Johns River. For comparison, Silver Springs and Alexander Springs are listed in Florida’s 27 first-magnitude springs. There are a total of 78 such springs in the U.S., and Florida has more than any other state.

The first recorded descriptions of the springs were made by William Bartram in 1774. Bartram was America’s first native-born naturalist/artist. He was also the first author to describe nature through personal experience as well as scientific observation.

Silver Glen Springs is located in the Silver Glen Springs Recreational Area of the Ocala National Forest, about 11 miles south of the town of Salt Springs. If you’re traveling north on State Road 19, the park’s entrance is about six miles from the intersection with State Road 40.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Documentary to look at Florida's springs

Published February 13, 2014
Equinox producer Bob Giguere said the five- to six-minute trailer will be used to generate interest in the project and raise money to fund a full-length documentary for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS.)

Silver Springs is difficult to map because its underground vents are fragile and can collapse, trapping divers, he said.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Senators Propose Bill To Protect Florida Springs

Published February 12th, 2014
The Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act will create funding and a definitive guide for local governments on how to manage fresh water and discharge wastewater. The act aims to restore water in springs, many of which have been affected by high nutrient concentrations and low water levels.

The legislation mandates that 36.9 percent of the revenue, more than $370 million for 2015, from the Documentary Stamp Tax, goes to the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund, according to a summary by the Florida Conservation Coalition.