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Live Oak, May 24th 2016 — A Hamilton High student took $100 home for first place, and Branford High took the rest of the prizes, at the Serenity at Lime Run Spring photo contest, last night in Live Oak, Florida, organized by the Live Oak Woman’s Club and WWALS Watershed Coalition. Boys and girls were equally represented in the four prizes awarded, and grades ranged from 10 to 12. Anyone of any age or gender or county can enjoy the beauty of the Florida Springs Heartland. We hope recognizing these students and their photographs will help bring awareness to the fragile beauty of Lime Run Spring, located in Suwannee River State Park, and will help preserve this spring in accordance with the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act.
She won $25.
He won $50.
And he won $100.
Winners were announced and prizes awarded: during an award ceremony at the Live Oak Woman’s Club, 1308 11th St. SW, Live Oak, FL 32064 on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm. Thanks especially to Eileen Box of Live Oak Woman’s Club and Deanna Mericle of WWALS for organizing this event, and to WWALS member and contest sponsor Cecille Stoddard for the idea.
Sabal Trail aimed at Lime Run Spring water source
Yes, this is the same Lime Run Spring across the water source of which Sabal Trail proposes to gouge its 36-inch fracked methane pipeline. As the sign at the entrance to Falmouth Spring and Sink says:
September 14, 2014 the District and Florida Geological Survey conducted a dye trace and with days the dye appeared in Suwannachooche[e] Springs on the Withlacoochee River and Ellaville Spring, Lime Run Spring, and Lime Sink Spring in Suwannee River State Park.
That’s part of the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System that Practicing Geologist Dennis Price reported Sabal Trail wants to cross.
Our worry is that excavation for pipe lying across the Falmouth cave system and the boring depth under US 90 will result in collapse into the cave system. The karst mitigation plan describes how sinkhole features that appear during construction will be restored. When caverns are encountered, they propose completely filling the void with cement and then filling the hole.
They cannot plug the cave system because it is a cultural and natural resource in the county. divers depend on being able to reach the end. Filling the cavern will slow flow at the spring discharge point in the SRSP. something they are not allowed to do
Sabal Trail does not have a karst mitigation plan that describes how they will address a collapse into the cave system.
This information has been sent to FERC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for example in the WWALS invitation to the Corps to come see for themselves and to investigate.
WWALS and many other organizations conducted a hike for elected and appointed officials May 15th 2016 so they could see and hear this information. We look forward to all those officials and others asking the Corps for a Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement.
Meanwhile, thanks to all the high school contestants and winners for the fine photographs of Lime Run Spring, one of the jewels of the Florida Springs Heartland!
About the OrganizersThe Woman’s Club of Live Oak and WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. organized a photo contest for high school students to capture the beauty and serenity at Lime Run Spring.
About Live Oak Woman’s Club:
Conservation Chairman: Eileen Box
Beautification, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental education
Our Department encourages our members to go to County Board Meetings and become involved in the environmental issues affecting our community. We live in beautiful rural Suwannee County. One of our greatest resources is our water. We stay up-to-date on water management/use issues and inform our Club of things they can do to protect our environment. We are currently working to change land use laws to include a county hearing before any industrial waste or companies are able to locate in our county.
About WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.: www.wwals.net
WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS) is the WATERKEEPER® Affiliate for the upper Suwannee River basin. WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness,environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Eileen Box (386) 362-2507, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deanna Mericle (386) 938-5943, email@example.com
John S. Quarterman, President, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc., 229-242-0102, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!