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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

10 Jaw Dropping Springs Of Florida You Must Visit

Published May 26, 2015
1. Blue Springs, Orange City
2. Three Sister Springs, Crystal River FL
3. Ginnie Springs, High Springs FL
4. Silver Glenn Springs, Ocala FL
5. Ichetucknee River, Fort White FL
6. Juniper Springs, Ocala FL
7. Wekiva Springs, Apopka FL
8. Rainbow Springs, Dunnellon FL
9. Cypress Springs, Vernon FL
10. Fanning Springs, Fanning Springs FL
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Little Salt Spring in North Port to be taken over by Sarasota County

Published May 20, 2015
The Little Salt Spring in North Port is much like Warm Mineral Springs with one glaring difference, you won't find bathers in this water.

"The site itself would likely only remain open to those who are coming in to do educational research on a controlled basis," said Commissioner Robinson.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Amendment 1 conservation spending hangs in Florida’s budget limbo

Published May 17, 2015
To Henderson and other supporters of the Florida Water and Land Legacy coalition — which spearheaded the campaign to get the measure on the ballot and approved by voters — that means putting adequate money into the Florida Forever fund to continue acquiring conservation lands.

The coalition is pressing hard on the list of 199 unfinished Florida Forever projects, including nine projects in Volusia and Flagler counties, such as the Volusia Flagler Conservation Corridor.
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Volunteers work hard to clean up Rainbow River

Published May 16, 2015
Dozens of volunteers scoured portions of the Rainbow River Saturday from kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats, picking up trash and ecology-damaging items during the annual Rainbow River Conservation Clean Up Day.

The Rainbow River runs 5.7 miles from the 400-million-gallons-a-day main Rainbow Springs at the north to the “conflux” with the Withlacoochee River at a speed of about 1.5 knots. The river has a depth from eight to 15 feet, with some deeper areasm according to the Marion County website (www.marioncountyfl.org).
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Friday, May 15, 2015

SRWMD purchased Turtle Spring Tract

Purchased 5/14/2015
The Suwannee River Water Management District has acquired Turtle Spring in Lafayette County. Turtle Spring is one of ten second magnitude springs in Lafayette County. The purchase will allow the District to provide floodplain protection for the Suwannee River, Turtle Spring, and a portion of Fletcher Spring run.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Water Grab

Published May 13, 2015
Silver Springs, described as Florida’s First Tourist Attraction, is one of the largest natural, first-magnitude springs in the world. Glass-bottomed boats were invented at Silver Springs in the 1870s to wow visitors who gazed into the underwater canyon from which crystal-clear water gushed at a rate of 500 million gallons a day.

However, the spring today is not the crystal-clear wonder it once was. Water flow from the spring was down by more than half in 2012 and 2013. Environmentalists say allowing the cattle ranch to pump another 1.46 million gallons a day will only further lessen it.
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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Karst Underwater Research: Exploring the Sanctums Beneath Us

Published 5/2/2015
Mr. Hemphill along with the Karst Research Team has successfully mapped the Weeki Wachee cavern and spring system. They also recently discovered the elusive connection between the Weeki Wachee Spring System and a nearby spring named Twin Dees, northwest of Weeki Wachee.

In order to understand the spring systems and our aquifer, it is essential to know what karst actually refers to. Geologists have adopted the word karst to describe a landscape which features sinkholes, springs, caves and sinking springs. This type of landscape usually develops on limestone rock, but can also develop on dolostone, gypsum, and salt. Precipitation is absorbed into the ground and runs down from a higher elevation streaming to lower elevations. Naturally occurring weak acids in the rain and soil gradually dissolve the small fractures in the soluble bedrock, eventually forming a sinkhole.

Explored Weeki Wachee Springs to a depth of 407 feet. Confirming what was already suspected, that Weeki Wachee is the deepest known spring in the United States. Since then KUR explored a spring in Texas to 455 feet.
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