WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Sunday, August 20th – Wednesday, August 23rd
Ocala National Forest
This year’s Springs Field School is scheduled for four days of
outdoor activities and springs education in The Ocala National
Forest! Field trip locations include Silver Springs State Park, Salt
Springs, Juniper Springs, and Silver Glen Springs. We will be
camping and lodging at Lake in The Forest Black Bear Resort, central
to the over 600 Ocala National Forests lakes, rivers, and springs!
Each day of Field School will consist of about four hours of field
trips and four hours of lectures with breaks during the day for
Yes, Hardee Spring is accessible by land,
off of 34th Street NW, Jennings, Florida, aka Hardee Camp Road,
but it’s on private land.
It’s on one of four parcels totaling 305 acres, with 8,000 feet (1.6 miles) of river frontage and a lodge, which
can be yours for a mere $8.5 million.
Maybe Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) should buy it, since SRWMD already owns
the next properties upstream and downstream on the Withlacoochee River.
Or maybe it should be turned into a state park.
Or maybe somebody wants to donate it to WWALS for an office location.
The ghostly remains of the spring pool in what was once a famous resort.
Aaron Sirmons says the owner told him when her father bought the place in the
1960s, the spring was already destroyed.
The Brooks County Manager told me somebody tried to enlarge it and destroyed it.
It looks like maybe they used dynamite.
Wade Spring is actually easily visible from Blue Springs Road in Brooks County, Georgia, if you know just where to peer through the bushes.
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The conclusion from FDEP in their
BMAP presented to an almost-full
SRWMD boardroom on April 13, 2017 was:
nitrogen runoff into springs and rivers from all sources (the biggest being agriculture, dairies, and poultry) must decrease 83 to 93 percent.
For once nobody seemed to argue with research by state agencies.
Rather everyone, from representatives of the biggest of farmers
to Pilgrim’s Pride to a wide variety of environmental groups
seemed aghast at the severity of the situation.
This Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the Lower and Middle Suwannee River Basin turns out to include the Withlacoochee River almost to the Georgia line,
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says it’s for a
Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum,
but the venue at Otter Springs is on the Suwannee River downstream
of the Santa Fe River, and Potash Corp Field Trip Summary is about the
phosphate mine in Hamilton County well upstream on the Suwannee River,
using pictures from
the WWALS Southwings flight of 22 October 2016.
Many people and organizations are concerned about an attempt to start
another phosphate mine in Union and Bradford Counties,
which are upstream of the Santa Fe River.
the link for the agenda PDF,
and there’s an image below.
Someone said there’s an actual scientist in the room, so let’s hear from him.
So WWALS Science Committee member Geology Professor Can Denizman said a few
words about modeling karst limestone aquifers such as the Floridan Aquifer.
This was at the March 3, 2017 meeting of the new Environmental Advisory Work Group
of the Suwannee River Partnership.