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Successful Fundraiser, a Good Time and a Good Cause

FSC executive director Ryan Smart informs the crowd of the on-going struggle against Seven Springs, TritonBlue Brands, the SRWMD and DEP, all of which support further depletion of our river and springs in the name of money and environmental abuse.  All photos by Jim Tatum.

OSFR president Kristin Rubin reports on the fundraiser on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Gainesville:

There was a great turnout at the Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River fundraiser concert Sat. evening at the Heartwood Soundstage in Gainesville.  The evening was pleasant with cooling temperatures and light breezes.  The event was sponsored by the Florida Springs Council to raise funds for legal challenges to the infamous Seven Springs water permit which sells water to BlueTriton (ex Nestle) at Ginnie Springs.

Usually we need children to come to a booth that is about water conservation, but that was not the case Saturday evening. There were people in their late teens to their 70’s and enough board members from the past and the present to hold a meeting and everyone there were people who supported the Florida Springs Council and in turn, the environment.

We had a robust presence at the concert with nonstop concerns voiced and lively conversation about bottled water,  water withdrawals and the erosion to the Santa Fe River from motor boats and jet skis.

There were plenty of people who drank tap water that was FREE from the cooler in paper cups, no plastic bottles. We had reusable metal bottles for $5.00. It was our pleasure to serve and we have free water to drink at all our tabling events.

FSC featured  a chance to win  a paddle board donated by iRocker SUPs, which will be awarded on Oct. 25. Tickets may still be purchased at their website at this link.

Not to be outdone, OSFR’s headquarters business, Rum 138, donated two free kayak rentals which was won by Stephanie Chill.  We thank Rum 138 for their continued generous help with our mission.  The monies received from the kayak rental donations and the reusable metal water bottle will be donated to FSC for their legal fund.

Thanks to Merrillee for her great display to remind us to use tap water to avoid polluting with all those plastic bottles that were at the bottom of  the water faucet display. 

Thanks to Brenda Wells’ husband, Houston, for all his help setting up, David Vaina and Jim Tatum for answering the concert goers concerns, questions and explanations regarding FL5.org. There were about 40 petitions signed for The Right to Clean Water.

Thanks also goes to the Florida Springs Council for inviting us as we are all in this together and support one another, besides, who can say no to great music under the stars?

To visit and volunteer with OSFR at Lubee’s Bat Festival Oct. 23, contact Kristin Rubin at [email protected] for more details.

 

OSFR table with President Kristin. On the right is OSFR board member artist Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson’s graphic and symbolic creation of tap water dominating inferior and polluting bottled water.

 

Brenda Wells with FSC and the featured paddleboard.

 

Excellent band Tamayo which we commend for refusing to perform at Ginnie Springs campground after learning that the campground owners are of the same family as Seven Springs Water, a company profiting from the demise of the river and springs.  Ginnie Springs deserves to be boycotted for helping destroy our water treasures.

 

OSFR board member David Vaina with Kristin Rubin. David is a hard-working volunteer who helps out in many ways.

 

Close up of Merrillee’s artwork providing clean, non-polluting drinking water.

 

 

 

 

 




REMINDER—Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River — Music by Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman, and Tamayo

 

This should be a  great event with some great bands.  Note what Tamayo writes below:

It’s come to our attention that the owners of Ginnie Springs are abusing the Floridan Aquifer and taking advantage of the water we all share and love.

For this good reason the band refused to play at that venue.  Seven Springs/Ginnie continues to pump our water from our springs and aquifer with plans to increase the amount several times over.  This will draw down the spring with an inevitable negative impact.

The river there is staggering from over-pumping and nitrate pollution, yet our industry-serving water district renews their pumping permit and gives away more and more water.  They have no workable plans to restore the Santa Fe River and are working on lowering the minimum flows so that Ginnie and others can legally withdraw more.

We have a water management district that simply cannot say “no” to water users and sincerely believes their job is to issue a permit to anyone who applies.  They are doing the bidding of an incompetent Department of Environmental Protection which allows our springs and rivers to decrease in flow and increase in pollution year after year after year.  There is no end in sight and the DEP and the water district have no workable plans to fix it.  It is apparent that they plan to continue to issue permits until the river is dry.

Our only recourse is legal action.  This is very expensive even though there are caring lawyers who work for reduced rates.  But they must eat too, so we need your help.  Please come out and enjoy the bands while aiding a good cause.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


Saturday September 11
Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S Main Street, Gainesville
Gates open at 6, music from 7-10
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. $10 for students.
Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River – featuring music by Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman, and Tamayo – will be held at Heartwood’s outdoor stage (619 S. Main St.) in Gainesville on September 11th. Concert proceeds will benefit the legal fight to protect the Santa Fe River from exploitation by bottled water companies.
Tamayo, one of the three bands that will perform, withdrew from a concert that was scheduled for Ginnie Springs recently, writing to their fans: “Friends and fans of Tamayo Band: After much thought and discussion, we have decided to cancel our show at Ginnie Springs this weekend. It’s come to our attention that the owners of Ginnie Springs are abusing the Floridan Aquifer and taking advantage of the water we all share and love. We have always prided ourselves on our activism, be it social or environmental, and we cannot in good conscience support a corporation that is exploiting the natural springs along the Santa Fe River.”
Here’s the link where anyone can buy tickets in advance:
https://heartwoodsoundstage.com/event/save-the-soul-of-the-santa-fe-river/



Recent Activities by OSFR

OSFR president Kristin Rubin

Our Santa Fe River received an email asking how to volunteer to help protect the Santa Fe River through our newsletter comments and I wanted to share this with you because it is the perfect segue to tell you what Our Santa Fe River is up to in the Time of Covid.

I’ll start by introducing myself: my name is Kristin Rubin and I was recently elected to be president of OSFR for at least the next year. As you can imagine it is an incredible honor and comes with a lot of responsibility which is to ensure that OSFR continues its incredible work and maintains its values in protecting the Santa Fe River.

It does not stop at the river’s banks though. As you might know we have been trying to keep corporate from water grabs but to do so would have the SRWMD recognize the almost 20,000 posted comments on their website as part of the 3 prong test: public interest. We have also been in lawsuits, board members also stepping up to be a part of these lawsuits along with Joe Little from Defenders of Florida Environment and the Florida Springs Council.

And did I mention that one voice is barely heard, but hundreds of voices create a din, and with many members we can do that, so please become a member. Your voice can be heard with all the voices that want to stop the water grab and keep our water and keep it clean.

We have also been to county board meetings because of the threat of phosphate mining, at many M-CORES meetings to stop the toll roads and to Tallahassee mostly in regards to ban fracking.

I first met Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson when it was suggested to travel to Tallahassee to protest fracking and go to Florida senators and house representatives to let them know what we wanted: to ban fracking. That was seven years ago!

A few years later I joined OSFR by going to a meeting regarding the threat of phosphate mining in Bradford County and being asked, after many of these meetings, to be a board member.

This brings me full circle to why I am writing this post for our newsletter. I responded to an email from a reader asking how she could volunteer to help the Santa Fe River– just think of what that means for the river!

I wrote back all the events and activities we are doing.

A few volunteers will be at the 441 Farmer’s Market in Gainesville Sat. 9/4. 8:30 am to 10:30 am to ask people to sign a petition for the Right to Clean Water Amendment.   Go to www.fl5.org for more information and there are an additional 4 petitions. Go to the www.fl5.org website for instructions on what to download and sign and where to send. The volunteers will be masked with sanitizer, vaccinated also.

The Florida Springs Council is hosting a fundraiser, Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River Concert, September 11 at Heartwood Soundstage in Gainesville to support the legal fund to defeat the water bottling permit that allows Nestle/Blue Triton to sell our water being pumped by Seven Springs Water Company from the Santa Fe River, you might know them as Ginnie Springs. OSFR will have a tabling event there with volunteers. Masked with sanitizer, vaccinated also.

The Santa Fe College invited us to be a part of their Fall 2021 Volunteer Recruitment Event, a tabling event, September 15, at 11am to 2pm. Masked with sanitizer, vaccinated also.

OSFR will have a booth at the Downtown Gainesville Arts Festival November 6 & 7, 2021. Volunteers needed! Masked with sanitizer, vaccinated also.

All of this is to educate and to support those asking us to be a part of their efforts.

OSFR also is in Parknership with Fort White Middle School and Fort White High School with their agriculture and science department to start native river plants from seed and small plantings . What better way to to join hands with people than through education about the Santa Fe River.

OSFR is working with the City of High Springs to bring a Springs Friendly Landscaping project to their historical High Springs High School and working with other groups to invite the community to be a part of this partnership.

OSFR has created a Native Plant garden at Rum 138 – no watering except for the first 2 weeks after planting, no fertilizers and no mowing. Just a couple of hours every season to do some weeding and mulching. Check it out on our website under About Us/Our Achievements.

If you want to volunteer for anything, we can find your niche. You can email me at [email protected].

 

 

 




Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River — Music by Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman, and Tamayo

 

This should be a  great event with some great bands.  Note what Tamayo writes below:

It’s come to our attention that the owners of Ginnie Springs are abusing the Floridan Aquifer and taking advantage of the water we all share and love.

For this good reason the band refused to play at that venue.  Seven Springs/Ginnie continues to pump our water from our springs and aquifer with plans to increase the amount several times over.  This will draw down the spring with an inevitable negative impact.

The river there is staggering from over-pumping and nitrate pollution, yet our industry-serving water district renews their pumping permit and gives away more and more water.  They have no workable plans to restore the Santa Fe River and are working on lowering the minimum flows so that Ginnie and others can legally withdraw more.

We have a water management district that simply cannot say “no” to water users and sincerely believes their job is to issue a permit to anyone who applies.  They are doing the bidding of an incompetent Department of Environmental Protection which allows our springs and rivers to decrease in flow and increase in pollution year after year after year.  There is no end in sight and the DEP and the water district have no workable plans to fix it.  It is apparent that they plan to continue to issue permits until the river is dry.

Our only recourse is legal action.  This is very expensive even though there are caring lawyers who work for reduced rates.  But they must eat too, so we need your help.  Please come out and enjoy the bands while aiding a good cause.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


Saturday September 11
Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S Main Street, Gainesville
Gates open at 6, music from 7-10
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. $10 for students.
Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River – featuring music by Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman, and Tamayo – will be held at Heartwood’s outdoor stage (619 S. Main St.) in Gainesville on September 11th. Concert proceeds will benefit the legal fight to protect the Santa Fe River from exploitation by bottled water companies.
Tamayo, one of the three bands that will perform, withdrew from a concert that was scheduled for Ginnie Springs recently, writing to their fans: “Friends and fans of Tamayo Band: After much thought and discussion, we have decided to cancel our show at Ginnie Springs this weekend. It’s come to our attention that the owners of Ginnie Springs are abusing the Floridan Aquifer and taking advantage of the water we all share and love. We have always prided ourselves on our activism, be it social or environmental, and we cannot in good conscience support a corporation that is exploiting the natural springs along the Santa Fe River.”
Here’s the link where anyone can buy tickets in advance:
https://heartwoodsoundstage.com/event/save-the-soul-of-the-santa-fe-river/



“Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River” Benefit Concert – September 11th

Mermaid Spring, also known as Jonathon Spring on the Santa Fe. Photo by Brenda Wells.

Fight the Water Bottling Permit at Heartwood Soundstage

Saturday, September 11th, 2021, the Florida Springs Council (FSC) will host an outdoor benefit concert called “Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River” at Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main Street, Gainesville. Gates open at 6:00pm, live music from 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 regular admission.

The concert will feature springs-themed vendors, area water advocates, vegetarian food trucks, and bands “Shine and the Shakers,” “Madwoman,” and “Tamayo.” Tamayo recently canceled a performance scheduled at Ginnie Springs Outdoors campground to protest the exploitation of the springs by the owners of Ginnie Springs, who also own Seven Springs Water Company, the holder of the permit.

This event is being held to raise funds for FSC’s legal challenge against a recently approved Water Bottling Permit that will allow nearly one million gallons of water per day to be extracted from Ginnie Springs. The permit holder, Seven Springs Water Company, paid a one-time fee of $115 for the permit but will pay nothing for the water they extract to sell to BlueTriton Brands (previously Nestle Waters) to be bottled. The permit, and the resulting harm to local waterways, has drawn a great deal of public outcry. This event is an opportunity for people to show opposition to the permit and help the Florida Springs Council raise the funds necessary to overturn the permit decision in court.

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, when the bottled water operation is ramped up to pump the full permitted amount, this one water use will reduce spring flow by nearly 4%, more than half of the 6.6% reduction estimated to occur from all water uses, including agricultural and residential use.

“It’s absolute madness for this one water user to single-handedly be responsible for as much of the reduction in spring flow as all other uses combined, at great profit to them but at great expense to the waterway and to the taxpayers footing the bill for restoration projects.” says Brenda Wells, Communications Director at the Florida Springs Council.

“Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River” outdoor benefit concert will be held Saturday, September 11th at Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main Street, Gainesville. Gates open at 6:00pm, live music from 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 regular admission. For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.facebook.com/events/183760567126764/




That the Suwannee River Water Management District Board of Directors unanimously voted to disregard 20 thousand letters opposing the permit to Seven Springs shows forcefully and beyond a doubt that they have no interest in protecting, restoring or preserving our natural water resources.  They serve as a rubber stamp for the commercialization of your springs and your water.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum




Brenda Wells, Communications Director
Florida Springs Council
352-281-4255

[email protected]

Tamayo band: [email protected]




Successful River Cleanup!

Trash stands no chance when these guys attack. All photos courtesy Trav/Mav Trails Trash Outdoors except the OSFR table.

 

Crew with lots of energy.

 

OSFR board member David Vaina (on right) acquiring petitions for the Clean Water Amendments at Rum 138.

 

Mav and Travis Smith care for the river and give back to our community.

 

 

 

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make Saturday’s cleanup a huge success.   A total of about 314 pounds of nasty trash was pulled out of the river, which gave a sigh of relief.

As your writer did not witness nor participate in this cleanup, he is still gathering  bits and pieces of information and extends apologies for resulting errors.

Reports give the following as participants, plus two more unnamed:

Debbie Denning
Larry Cyrier
Joe Carver
Jolene Bullard
Anelise Bullard
Kari Nicole
Kristin Rubin and David Vaina from OSFR
David
Sandra Bell
Paul White
Angela Murray
Doris Pierro
To this list we add OSFR members Andy and Terry Phelan,  who had to abort early because they  irritated some wasps who retaliated by stinging Terry.  This is the only casualty of which we are aware.
Cleanup went from Rum Island to Hwy 47 bridge, with the  big concentration near Ginnie Springs.
Again we thank the volunteers, of which for sure we know three groups:  Trav Mav of Trail Trash Outdoors, Current Problems and Our Santa Fe River.
Trail Trash Outdoors and OSFR had tables at Rum 138 before the cleanup started.
Special thanks to Travis Smith, OSFR board member and co-founder of Trail Trash Outdoors, professional trash picker-uppers.
Special thanks also go to Doug and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Rum 138 for the big discounts on kayak rental and shuttle service for the volunteers.
Givers and takers live in our world, these volunteers are givers.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum





Join Us for the Great River Cleanup on Sat. June 26

 

 

OSFR board member Travis Smith of Trav Mav and Trail Trash Outdoors will be leading the cleanup this Saturday.  It is a great time for this as the visibility of the water is good.  Please consider coming out for some fun activity while at the same time helping our river.  Travis has written the plan below.

Our thanks to all involved and to Rum 138 for the huge discounts.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


Its that time of the year again!! The sun is out and so are the litter bugs 😥This year we are going to get ahead of the mess, with another TTO MASS Cleanup! As per popular request, this pre-summer cleanup will take place JUNE 26th, 2021 @ Rum Island spring park 😃

We will be meeting at 9AM at Rum Island rentals (Masks required in store),so that those who need a vessel for the day will have a chance to rent a vessel of their choice before we launch from Rum Island Spring Park at 10AM🤠🤙The whole float is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. Mav and myself will be cleaning all day, yet all volunteers can stay as little or as much time as they please 😊

We want to get as much trash as possible from both the banks and bottom of the river this go around..(depending on visibility)..If you have a wetsuit/diving gear, you are encouraged to bring it!

Please keep in mind that there is private property along the areas which we will be traveling. Please, be respectful of others and their boundaries in your hunt for litter 😃

>Each volunteer will be responsible for their transportation and vessel. If you do not have a vessel, Rum 138 can rent or sell you Kayaks, canoes, and SUP boards.  Rentals are at a discounted rate of $15 per person for volunteers, which includes vessel, paddles, life vest, whistle and transportation to and from the boat ramps.

If you do have vessels and equipment of your own, you can leave a vehicle at Rum138 rentals and one vehicle at US HWY 47 bridge, but this method would require you to have come with more than one vehicle, unless you happen to catch a shuttle from one of the volunteers.

We will be in nature!! Dangerous and unexpected things can happen, so it is important to be on your toes! keep eyes peeled for snakes and wasps in low hanging trees. let’s not forget Florida’s famous Alligator! 😄 Leave them alone and they will do the same for you 👍

Current Problems will be there to hand out Grabbers, Gloves, buckets, dive bags and trash bags 😃 🗑 along with assisting in the cleanup, sorting and disposal/recycling of everything we pull from the water!! Be sure to check them out and give them a high five for being so awesome when you see them!!

There will be a snack truck available throughout the day from:
Dream- kremes&snacks
Email: [email protected] gmail.com

Suggested Item list:
Be sure to pack accordingly! It will be hot!
Bring plenty of water/ reusable containers
Zip lock bags or dry bags for electronics (something with a clip is suggested)
hat
sunglasses
sunscreen
footwear
Spare cash
snacks

Last year with the help of Current Problems, Rum 138 rentals, The Santa Fe Canoe outpost and amazing volunteers like yourselves we pulled almost 1000lbs from The Santa Fe River alone! Let’s make a difference and show everyone we are proud to live in such a one of a kind place!! much love ✌💘 😊




Photo essay of 2021 Annual Membership meeting of OSFR

Group meeting held outside at Doug and Merrillee’s Rum 138 facilities. 

The first real, in-person meeting of the OSFR board of directors since Covid coincided with the 2021 Annual Membership meeting and took place May 26 where  we lost our beloved Mike as president but wow we gained a new MADAM PRESIDENT named Kristin Rubin.

OSFR has had such phenomenal luck with their presidents during the time I have spent with them — the incomparable Merrillee who knows everybody and everything and who put us on the slate with all the agencies of the state,  Pam the diplomat who organized us and made us strong, and Mike the cool, laid back intellectual who writes letters like nobody else.  I think Kristin is also up in that elite class — she is a bundle of energy who has volunteered everywhere, reads everything,  and nobody knows what will happen now.

I apologize for the poor photography, but it’s all I got.  My camera was on the blink and the lighting was horrible with it dark inside and light in the background but that is no excuse as mostly I just did not do a good job.

Here are the pics.  I tried to get everyone, but Eric, who hung out in the margins, escaped me.  Sorry Eric. Welcome to David Vaina, new board member whom I met and who has much to offer.  Also no pic of K.  (no, not Karma) who didn’t want one, but we appreciate her support.

 

This is our out-going president, Mike Roth, who led us through many battles, in his last moments as president.  He seemed usually happy all evening.

 

            
This is Kristin Rubin, moments before being elected president.       This is Kristin after learning the non-paying  job description of President of OSFR

 

The food at our annual meetings is always an attraction, and this year was the best ever.  Board member Cindy Noel provided astonishing veggies from her garden, different types of tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., all very delicious and beautiful to behold.   There were tons of shrimp, wings, grapes, cheeses, cookies and on and on.

 

 

                            

Master Gardener and board member Cindy Noel         Vice president and board member Terry Phelan

 

                   

Board member Travis Smith who cleans the river           Newly elected board member David Vaina

 

                                 

Out-going President, now Secretary/Treasurer Mike Roth       Board member Bill Basta

 

               
Board member writing minutes Patty Street          New First Husband  Dr. Jack Rubin

 

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson is and always has been the driver behind OSFR.  A tireless worker who has national and international contacts, she is a resource for advocates and water agencies alike, and an unparalleled  inspiration for all.

 

     
Trini Johannesen of Parknership Program             Botanist and OSFR supporter/volunteer Dr. Colette Jacono

 

         

Dr. Karen Lanese  and Rick Lanese,  life-time members of OSFR

 

      

Member Angela Wolfe                                                    Member Katy Evans

 

Kristin and Merrillee discuss Kayaktivism

 




OSFR had a very successful Pioneer Days

OSFR president Mike Roth (far right) with happy pledge-takers with new water bottles.

Thanks to OSFR member and volunteer David Vaina for the write-up and photo.

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Board members, general members, and volunteers with Our Santa Fe River joined the community for the Annual Pioneer Days Festival on Saturday, April 24 in a very windy downtown High Springs.

At the OSFR table behind City Hall, curious attendees of all ages were invited to observe OSFR’s unique Karst Rock Demonstration which illustrates how what goes on the ground ultimately makes its way into our drinking water.  In addition, community members (as pictured here) were able to sign a pledge form to eliminate their consumption of single-use plastic in exchange for a reusable metal bottle that came adorned with an OSFR sticker.

Dozens took the pledge and were given additional information about ways to conserve water as well as the dangers of plastic to both the Santa Fe River and our springs.  Many community members had heard about the proposed bottling water plant and OSFR’s strong leadership on this issue, and shared our hopes that the plan would fail.

We would like to offer a special thanks to Rum 138 for donating a gift certificate for one tandem kayak or canoe rental/shuttle that OSFR raffled off at $5 per ticket. Along with a new membership signup, OSFR generated $300 in donations at the annual event.

A special thanks to OSFR Board Member Kristin Rubin for organizing this OSFR public education opportunity.  If you would like to assist OSFR with future public education events, please send an email to [email protected]




EARTH DAY Celebration at the Hampton CENTER FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

 

OSFR booth at Coalition for Peace and Justice Earth Day event, Hampton, FL. President Mike waves from table and Mermaid Nikki entertains the children, who are always attracted to her.  OSFR treasurer and membership director Cindy Noel is nearby out of the picture.

 

 

The beautiful grounds of the Peace and Justice Center offer a bucolic setting for the many vendors which where tied to the environment and sustainability.

 

Kirk Moss of High Springs is a traditional woodworker who uses no power tools. His wife Marion is an active volunteer with OSFR.

 

Local band “The Vowels” from Gainesville entertains the appreciative crowd.

 

OSFR volunteer Liz Byrd and board member Patty Street doing business.

 

Kate Ellison volunteering at a table. Kate is a strong advocate for many environmental issues and is also active in the Democratic party.

 

 

Newly minted Ph.D. Vickie Machado with her mother Barbara. Vickie was formerly a key worker in Food & Water Watch in Gainesville and will continue to work in the field of environmental advocacy.

This event was organized by OSFR board member Kristin Rubin.  Our thanks to all our great volunteers w

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum

 




Join Us For Earth Day Celebration At Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice Sat. May 1, 2021

Come join us in Celebrating Earth Day at Hampton, Florida sponsored by Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice.

 
We will be demonstrating through the use of our karst rock,  that what goes on the ground comes out in our water, and  we will be 
giving a metal, reusable water bottle with an OSFR waterproof sticker or #dontbuythis sticker to those who pledge to stop using plastic single use water bottles and we will also have a Gift Certificate donated by Rum 138 for $5 a ticket, winner need not be present to win.
 We will be  outdoors, masked and socially distanced.
If you would like to volunteer for a few hours (1pm to 3pm slot is still available),
 please call Kristin Rubin @ (305)582-3800 or email at:
[email protected]
 

The address for this event is 10665 SW 89th Ave.
Hampton, FL 32044




44th Annual Pioneer Days in High Springs, Visit OSFR Table, Sat., April 24, 2021

 

Please join us as we participate in our first tabling event since the Covid pandemic.  We will have useful and important information about our springs and aquifer, and also information about Our Santa Fe River, what we do, and how to join if you want to help protect the Santa Fe River and its springs.

Our rivers and springs are slowly dying with the blessings of our State of  Florida.    With the current state policy, the citizens must act to save our water resources.   Please consider becoming a volunteer to help in this struggle.

Our thanks to Rum 138 for their generous donation.  Rum 138 is the best place in Florida to rent a kayak or buy one, go by and check out their great vessels at 2070 CF 138, Fort White, Fl.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


44th Annual Pioneer Days

120 NW 2nd Avenue, High Springs, Florida 32643

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, from 10am – 5pm

Spring has Sprung and so has OSFR – come join us to celebrate a day in the sunshine (we hope) for our first Tabling Event and Volunteer Opportunity this season at the Annual Pioneer Days Festival in beautiful downtown High Springs.

We are able to participate because of the numbers being vaccinated and because it is an outdoor event. Masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing will still be our protocol.

This year we will be focusing on education, such as our Karst Rock Demonstration which shows how what goes on the ground makes its way into our drinking water. A display of how much water is used to create the items we eat and use on a daily basis, and of course ways to conserve our water.

Rum 138 has generously donated a Gift Certificate for one tandem kayak or canoe rental/shuttle for a donation of $5 per ticket.  Drawing will be at 4 pm. – you do not need to be present to win.  Winner will be notified by phone or email.

 

Ticket holders can email: [email protected] to check on status.

Please call or email Kristin Rubin to volunteer a few hours on Saturday, April 24th.

(305)582-3800 (call or text-text is best for faster response)

Email address: [email protected]