It appears that neither the State of Florida nor the city and residents of Dunnellon have the will nor the desire to save one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, Rainbow Springs and River.
The State has refused to protect it by allowing more and more pumping in order to appease those who want free water. They continue to play the game of wise, scientific “protector” but cherry pick and change the numbers to make them fit their needs.
And the river and the springs are dying on their watch.
It is both heart-breaking and infuriating to see the sham of the misnamed Southwest Florida Water Management District work in cahoots with the equally misnamed Department of Environmental Protection to permit the slow death of this spring, so reduced in flow that it is nothing like it was in years past.
Beginning in 1977, we have spent hundreds of hours both above and within these crystal-clear waters. Sadly, the river is not the same today and likely will suffer more abuse, as explained in the article below from the Florida Springs Council.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum