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Action alert via @floridaspringsinstitute FLORIDA VOTERS AND SPRINGS LOVERS! Our state water managers have failed us. Per the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute (FSI): • 80 percent of Florida’s over 1,000 artesian springs are polluted by excessive nitrogen concentrations. • Flows in Florida’s springs and spring-fed rivers have declined by more than one-third. • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s and the water management districts’ regulatory programs—Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), Best Management Practices (BMPs), and Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs)—are inadequate to reverse these impairments. • More than half of Florida’s springs have received an ecological health grade of D or lower from FSI. We now have a chance to put a state constitutional amendment on the 2022 ballot that will give us and our natural systems--like the springs--the rights to clean water! That petition is being coupled with four other petitions; you can pick which ones you want to sign. Visit the web link shown in the photo below to learn more. The Ichetucknee Alliance039;s board of directors has endorsed this effort. The photo of Jonathan Spring (on the Santa Fe River) in the rain is by John Moran. . . . #TheSpringState #saveoursprings #keepfloridawild
Via @floridaspringscouncil: Just about any springs advocate who has been paying attention can list what039;s causing elevated nitrate levels in our springs: septic tanks, urban fertilizers (lawns & golf/sports turf), wastewater, agriculture. We039;re so glad to see more people talking about it. We want those conversations to continue, and we think it039;s important you have all the facts. This graph is made from DEP039;s data on nitrate sources to impaired Outstanding Florida Springs throughout the state. You can see that 70% of nitrogen loading to the springs statewide comes from agricultural sources - that includes animal waste + crop fertilizers. That039;s more than twice as much as lawns, septic, and wastewater COMBINED. On a local level, each area will be a little different. For example, at Wekiva, the impact of turf fertilizers and septic tanks is bigger than ag. But statewide, most of our springs will not recover unless we take serious steps to reduce agricultural pollution (like Jackson Blue, where ag accounts for 96% of the load, or the Suwannee area springs, at 92%.) We need farms, and we need clean water. The only way to have both is to use the data as a guide to create effective pollution-reducing legislation and policy.
CS/CS/SB 1086 has passed in the state House and Senate, pending governor039;s signature. This bill, amongst other things, would grant the FWC the ability to create protection zones in spring runs, especially where SAV restoration efforts are taking place. (Link to learn more in our highlights.) This bill is facing a lot of opposition -- contact info below if you want to share your thoughts with our state leaders. Call your local district representatives & Governor DeSantis: 850-717-9337 Mail: Office of Governor DeSantis The Capitol State of Florida 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee Fl 32399 Email: email@example.com . . . #TheSpringState #floridaspringscouncil #floridaspringsinstitute #springhunters #saveoursprings #keepfloridawild
Who039;s ready to get paddlin039;? 🙋After a nice, loooooong break, we039;re back and have some exciting things to share. The first being some TEACHER STUFF! This summer we039;ll be sharing a library of classroom resources for those who want to integrate spring themed scicomm into the classroom next year. Also, FIELD TRIPS! Running our first educational tour of a spring next week, and will be sharing the activity plan/tips for planning your own, complete with standards alignment and differentiations. 💙📸: @stacilator . . . #TheSpringState #saveoursprings #flsprings #floridaspringscouncil #floridaspringsinstitute #waterislife
We039;re particularly partial to turtle shots around here, and this is a particularly good one from @koopa311! And btw....today is the day before the Senate Environmental Appropriations Committee considers an important environmental bill for improving water quality across the state. Visit ↪️floridaspringscouncil.org/ig↩️ to email the senators involved!
This photo by @thedreamingspring makes me want to throw open all my windows and just *breathe*.
Florida039;s has the 3rd biggest population of any state in the US, and is the 5th fastest for population growth. That039;s a lot of people already depending on our already struggling aquifer, and a lot more incoming. So why is the aquifer struggling? One of the biggest concerns is nutrient loading. Agricultural operations pollute with fertilizer and livestock waste, and are responsible for a huge fraction of the nitrate pollution that plagues our river and spring basins. Nitrogen - it makes up 78% of our atmosphere, so why is it a big deal in our water? Nitrates fuel algal growth, and when combined with reduced flow from our springs, water quality takes a big hit. Via @raychezzy . . . #TheSpringState #flsprings #floridaspringscouncil #floridaspringsinstitute #flstateparks #saveoursprings #keepflwild #wildflorida #optoutside
You039;ve probably see the headlines - over 400 manatee deaths in 2021. Now what? “We believe the main cause is starvation” due to a lack of vegetation, which has declined because of increased nutrient pollution from agricultural and septic sources. The Blue-Green Algae Task Force, a panel of scientists created in 2019 by Governor Ron DeSantis, provided recommendations for the best path out of our water quality crisis, including how to curb agricultural sources of the nutrients causing algae blooms on the coast and in algae in our springs. But many of their recommendations, particularly those addressing agricultural sources of nutrient pollution, have been successfully blocked from becoming law. The @floridaspringscouncil is working to change that. Link in our stories. . . . #savethemanatees #manateemonday #TheSpringState
Heads up, y039;all. Spring break starts tomorrow, and take it from this teacher - these kids are about to be out there with some ✨ENERGY✨. Looking for some springs themed activities? Check out floridastateparks.org - Homosassa, Weeki Wachee, Ponce De Leon, Wakulla, and many more (there039;s a virtual option too!) have an awesome Junior Ranger Program for kids to get in touch with some of the most awesome places in Florida! 📸: @tannicroots . . . #TheSpringState #flsprings #floridaspringscouncil #floridaspringsinstitute #flstateparks #saveoursprings #keepflwild #wildflorida #optoutside