WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
The proposed HPSII phosphate mine on the New River in
Bradford and Union Counties, Florida,
Dave Wilson’s talk from April.
HPSII would be upstream from the Santa Fe River,
and thus upstream from the Suwannee River.
WWALS Watershed Coalition opposes the HPSII phosphate mine.
We see no benefit in Union and Bradford Counties suffering effects such as those outlined in
Dave Wilson’s slides, and looking like Hamilton County
in these aerials: Continue reading →
The moonscape that seems to go on forever while flying over Hamilton County, Florida in a small plane is the PCS phosphate mine, as seen in some WWALS aerials in these slides that
David Wilson presented at a Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum April 13, 2017 at Otter Springs, Florida.
Dave is Treasurer of the Board of Florida Springs Institute, and a WWALS member.
His slides are published on the WWALS website with his permission.
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,
because Continue reading →
WWALS is a member of the Florida Springs Council (FSC), which is headquartered at Florida Springs Institute (FSI).
The Florida Springs Institute is hosting its end-of-year benefit at
Silver Springs this year on December 11 from 6-9 p.m.
and we would
like to extend an invitation to all FSC organizations and their
members to join us for this fun-filled event. Our keynote speaker
for the evening is the former SJRWMD and SWFWMD Executive Director
and current author of the blog, SWFWMD Matters
(http://swfwmdmatters.blogspot.com/), Emilio “Sonny”
Vergara. Tickets for the event are $75 and include admission to
Silver Springs State Park and the Silver River Museum, food and
drinks, and an opportunity to meet and hear from well-known springs
advocates. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle for a
Silver River boat tour for 20 people! All proceeds will benefit the
FSI, a nonprofit organization.
Not sure why FSI didn’t put this on their website, but here it is, both PDF and HTML below.
SPRINGS INSTITUTE REQUESTS COMPREHENSIVE GROUNDWATER NITRATE SAMPLING
IN ALACHUA AND GILCHRIST COUNTIES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute
On Thursday, Dr. Robert Knight, Director of the Howard T. Odum
Florida Springs Institute called for a comprehensive, area-wide
groundwater nitrate sampling effort by state and local governments,
especially in the karst areas of Alachua and Gilchrist counties. Dr.
Knight’s call for action comes after Continue reading →