Just as we have some of the most priceless springs and rivers in Florida, we also have those individuals who would destroy them for a profit, caring only for their lucre and not caring that they will ruin them for all those to come.
The individual in this case is named Jim Gissy, and you can read about his plans here.
Your writer has spent many pleasant days diving in the Rainbow River. During the summer busloads of youngsters would be unloaded and I believe that at times it was possible to walk across the river on the backs of the tubers without getting wet, since they filled the river from bank to bank. To say there is “overuse” is an understatement. This is nothing compared to what Gissy has planned.
Not only developers such as Gissy want to destroy the river, but also county and water district management leadership has shamelessly helped by allowing more and more pumping, way past the point of significant harm, and they have done it underhandedly, dishonestly, blatantly, egregiously and inexcusably. They have intentionally ignored science, facts and the will of the citizens of Florida .
The Rainbow River, jewel of Florida, can’t take much more.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum
Dear Springs Protectors,
For me, the ethos of the Florida Springs Council is “All Springs, Always.”
That means the Springs Council stands together for policies that benefit all springs. It also means that we unite together when one spring or river is under grave threat.
Council member group Rainbow River Conservation Inc. has embraced our “all springs, always” ethos since FSC’s beginning. Their support of FSC advocacy and legal challenges has benefited springs across Florida. Please help us support them now.
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The Rainbow River is already heavily impacted by the approximately 200,000 people who use the river each year. The addition of tens of thousands of more visitors is unsustainable and will diminish one of Florida’s great spring runs, ruining the ecosystem and the experience.
The resort will also create additional nutrient loading, further degrading the Rainbow River which is currently impaired by excessive nitrogen loading and smothered by algae. (Rainbow River, February 2020)
WHAT CAN WE DO TODAY
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This is a fight we can and must win.
All springs, always.