May 27, 2014
To Whom it May Concern,
Our Santa Fe River supports any and all of the project proposals, listed below, that benefit the Santa Fe River and its springs:
Santa Fe Rise Water Quality Enhancement – Starke Reuse Project
Ginnie & Gilchrist Blue Springs Enhancement – Newberry Reuse Project
Santa Fe Springs – Nursery Water Conservation Initiative
Hornsby Spring Water Quality Improvement Project
High Springs Water Quality Improvement Project
Ichetucknee Springs – Columbia County Water Conservation Initiative
Advanced Storage and Use of Dairy Wastewater for Springs Nutrient Reduction.
See proposals here: Springs Restoration Project Plan.pdf · version 1
All of these proposals are in the Santa Fe River basin and their intention is to restore water quality and quantity, over time. This river basin is a valuable asset to our north Florida community and the world. With future large scale urban planning, such as the sprawling Plum Creek multi-use development in Columbia, Union and Alachua Counties, it is important that we can work together to protect the largest concentrations of fresh water springs found in all the world.
Unlike the Everglades, the Florida springs heartland, in which the Santa Fe River rests, is on a higher geographical location and therefore will have a longer lifetime than the future of the southern area of the State of Florida where millions of tax payer dollars have been allocated to restore an inevitable wash out, due to rising waters from the climate change.
It is now time to spend manpower and tax dollars to restore our waters here. We have been neglected for far too many years and our water quality and quantity have taken a back seat to our driving environmental economic engine. The Florida springs deserve a large piece of the budget pie. There will be real and dire consequences if our state continues to ignore our watery woes. Smart, sustainable growth will be necessary to create a lasting future so the next generations will be able to enjoy the 72 degree waters and sandy soils surrounded by crystal clear waters flowing up from our Floridan Aquifer.
It’s is time to account for fixing what has already been done and doing it in a fashion that shows meaningful recovery.
President, Our Santa Fe River, Inc., not for profit, 501c3