• Our Mission

    To protect the aquifer, springs, and rivers within the watershed of the Santa Fe River.

    What We Do
  • Our River

    We must hold our ear close and listen. We must tell the others that cannot hear her voice.

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Our Santa Fe River

Protecting the Santa Fe River through:



Wise Water Words

Nasty Nitrates

Here's our second installment in our new series of Wise Water Words about how we can all help our river.

Nitrates occur naturally in soil and water, and, as long as this balance goes undisturbed, all is well. However, excess levels of nitrates, which contaminate ground and surface waters, are occurring at alarming rates. These excess levels can be traced to human activity:

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Current News


Water Scientists Take Hit At MFL Workshop

On April 27, 2017 representatives of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) presented a public workshop where they first explained why they can reduce the flow in the Crystal River and Kings Bay, without […]

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The Clock is Ticking on Florida’s Mountains of Hazardous Phosphate Waste

  Read carefully the last paragraphs, as this is what could happen to the Santa Fe River, if HPS II gets its way. Craig Pittman has written this article on the phosphate waste problem in […]

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spray field

Human waste dumped near Florida springs

  This hits close to home. The Naples Daily News published the following article about sprayfields in Florida.  Go to this link to see videos. Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum. -A river is like […]

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Every Membership Adds Volume to Our Voice

Join Us for These Upcoming Events

8:00 am Water You Doing? Protecting & Re... @ Sandhill Scout Reservation
Water You Doing? Protecting & Re... @ Sandhill Scout Reservation
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Water You Doing? Protecting & Restoring the Springs Workshop @ Sandhill Scout Reservation | Brooksville | Florida | United States
SAVE THE DATE! Hernando County Utilities Department is hosting a FREE! workshop on protecting & restoring the springs!
10:00 am Santa Fe Above O’Leno Paddle and... @ O'Leno State Park
Santa Fe Above O’Leno Paddle and... @ O'Leno State Park
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at 10AM outside the entrance to O’Leno State Park.  At 10:10 we will drive to the Bible Camp Road boat launch, unload boats and shuttle vehicles to takeout at O’Leno State Park.  After the[...]
6:00 pm Annual Meeting and Get Together @ OSFR Headquarters
Annual Meeting and Get Together @ OSFR Headquarters
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  – Friday, June 2nd 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm ANNUAL MEETING and GET TOGETHER – All members and interested potential members are invited to attend this meeting to hear an update on issues at[...]
6:00 pm “Lost Springs” Film Screening an... @ Matheson History Museum
“Lost Springs” Film Screening an... @ Matheson History Museum
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, June 23, 2017 6pm FREE Matt Keene’s new documentary, “Lost Springs,” chronicles the Ocklawaha River’s hidden springs that return to life every three to five years when there is a drawdown at Rodman Reservoir,[...]

Your Donation Makes a Difference!

Springs Eternal Project - Springs Ambassadors Camp

When you donate to Our Santa Fe River, you are supporting Our Education, Advocacy and Stewardship Projects directly or indirectly. During this past year OSFR has supported the following organizations:

Florida Defenders of the Environment - for their work with water issues

Florida Springs Council - for their work with Tallahassee and the Water Bill

Fort White Schools Partnership Program - to help underwrite their students environmental education

Springs Eternal Project - for a scholarship for one child to attend their Springs Ambassadors Camp

Gulf Restoration Network - underwriting for their venue to hold the "Grassroots Summit Against the Sabal Trail Pipeline

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