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.
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®Continue reading