Pictures: Santa Fe River and springs, Waterkeepers Florida –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson 2024-02-08

Update 2024-02-17: Many more Pictures: Waterkeepers Florida, Santa River and springs 2024-02-08.

The fifteen Waterkeepers of Florida gathered on the Santa Fe River Thursday to see springs, parks, and submerged aquatic vegetation.

Well, eleven of them. And we also saw a wood stork, an anhinga, a hawk, buzzards, and many turtles.

[Banners, Springs, Santa Fe River, Waterkeepers Florida 2024-02-08]
Banners, Springs, Santa Fe River, Waterkeepers Florida 2024-02-08

No manatees, though, despite the best efforts of expert guide Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of the outfitter Rum138 and Our Santa Fe River (OSFR).

We were going to put in at Rum Island, but that county park was closed, it turns out to install the ostentatious swimming barrier you see pictured. So we put in at Merrillee’s house; thanks Merrillee.

We paddled into Gilchrist Blue Spring, Ginnie Springs, and many others.

Many more pictures later; these are some Merrillee sent.

As you can tell by the banner picture I took, WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper organized this outing.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!
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[Waterkeepers Florida, Santa Fe River, banners --John S. Quarterman]
Waterkeepers Florida, Santa Fe River, banners –John S. Quarterman

[Deep blue spring --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Deep blue spring –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman at a spring --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman at a spring –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[New swimming barrier at Rum Island County Park --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
New swimming barrier at Rum Island County Park –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Waterkeepers Florida --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Waterkeepers Florida –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Blue Waterkeepers Florida --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Blue Waterkeepers Florida –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Blue Spring and Waterkeepers Florida --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Blue Spring and Waterkeepers Florida –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Not a manatee --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Not a manatee –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Downstream --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Downstream –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

[Waterkeepers Florida at Ginnie Springs --Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson]
Waterkeepers Florida at Ginnie Springs –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

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