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mines3OSFR is partnering with CAPM (Citizens Against Phosphate Mining) and SSJ North Florida Working Group to FIGHT the proposed HPSII phosphate mine which would operate over 11,000 acres in Bradford and Union Counties straddling the New River which flows into the Santa Fe. This mining operation threatens the already impaired ecosystem of the river, springs and Aquifer by requiring the  extraction of large amounts of water and delivering potentially toxic wash back into the river environment.
If allowed, this mine would have a huge direct impact on Brooker, Worthington Springs, the New River, and the Santa Fe River.

IF YOU DO NOTHING, OUR RIVER MAY BE DESTROYED.

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Aug
17
Thu
2017
FIGHT THE PHOSPHATE MINE! Bradford County Commission Meeting @ Bradford County Courthouse
Aug 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
FIGHT THE PHOSPHATE MINE! Bradford County Commission Meeting @ Bradford County Courthouse | Starke | Florida | United States

THE SANTA FE RIVER NEEDS YOU NOW!

Help Fight the Phosphate Mine!

We need you to help us pack the chamber! Every citizen is welcome to speak for 3 minutes. The BCC must understand that we do not want this destructive strip-mine.

We cannot urge you enough to stand up and speak out on this issue. The commissioners there may be the only people who will stop this destructive foolishness. Just stand up and say it is a bad idea. It will be written into the record as opposition to the mine.

IF YOU DO NOTHING, OUR RIVER MAY BE DESTROYED.

Please join us in letting Bradford county know that this Mine would be disastrous for our River and Springs!

The mine will be on the agenda, as the commissioners will vote on whether to hire a consultant regarding the mine permit application.

Learn more about phosphate mining.

Aug
21
Mon
2017
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED! Support Union County Resistance to STOP THE MINE! @ Union County Court House
Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED! Support Union County Resistance to STOP THE MINE! @ Union County Court House | Lake Butler | Florida | United States

We have been informed that HPS has applied for a mining permit in Union Co.  The Planning and Zoning Board will hold a workshop at 5:30 on Aug. 21 to discuss the amendments to their LDRs, for which the moratorium was enacted.  Please attend this meeting to support these commissioners, who are still resisting the mine.

The Planning and Zoning meeting will be followed by the BOCC meeting at 6:30.   The amendments may come up in either or both meetings, so come at 5;30.

Contact the Bradford County Commission

Thank you to the 95 devoted river lovers (as of August 12) that have had their say using our handy form below. You can use our “canned” letter, or write your own! Check out the Get Inspired tab to see what others are saying, then sit down, open your heart, and have your say.


We've created this form for you to use to email the Bradford County Commissioners about the proposed HPS II Phosphate Mine. You may use the text below or feel free to edit it or write your own letter.

If you'd like, copy & paste the letter below into the message box:

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County.

I enjoy the Santa Fe River and a phosphate mine would put the river at risk. The river, designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, is already impaired, and the mine would use huge withdrawals of water and damage it even more.

Phosphate is important for agriculture, but we are not running out, and new technology has drastically reduced the need, making this mine unnecessary. The phosphate industry in Florida has a history of accidents, spills and contamination. No one individual or company has the right to put at risk a river, the aquifer and the environment.

The decision you make affects not only Bradford County, but all residents downstream, in neighboring counties and Santa Fe River lovers throughout the world! Please keep us all in mind!

Thank you for your time.

By checking this box, I state that I understand that this email will be sent to the Bradford County Commission. I take personal responsibility for the content of this email.

Here are some of the almost 100 letters that have been sent through our handy form. Open your heart, write it down, and help the Bradford BoCC make the right decision for our river, our aquifer, our wildlife, and our way of life.


From: Steve
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Having grown up in an area where phosphate mining is rampant, I can tell without a doubt that phosphate mining not only destroys the land and water but the quality of air you have a constant stench from the mining plants . Just recently here in central florida one of the largest phosphate companies Mosaic had a disastrous spills of toxic waste that dumped straight into the aquifer, I beg you DO NOT allow them to mine in our county or anywhere you can stop them the money ain’t worth the cost of destruction of our land ,water and air, ,thank you



From: Dianne Crouse
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

It is beyond my understanding why you would allow permitting of phosphate mines in such a unique and fragile environment. Please don’t allow this to happen!



From: Sean McCarthy
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Hello,
I run an eco-tourist business that depends on the aquaferic system in this part of Florida. I have, over the years watched the degradation of water quality that flows from underground and worry of any unnatural impact that this mine may cast on the delicate geology of Florida especially downstream toward the area that depends on the existence of groundwater for our industry. Please turn down this application for a mine and be my guest as I train you in technical cavern diving so you can witness first hand the incredible underground water world that exists in this area of the state. More information can be found from the DEP website by googling: “bulletin 66.” Information on training to witness first hand our incredible water resource can be found at my business website “divesprings.com”

Thanks for helping to preserve the most unique geologic formation in the world-Florida

Sean McCarthy



From: marian ahler
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Please don’t follow in the footsteps of Mosaic in Tampa and have more rivers of shame. There’s not many pristine places left to save. Don’t rip the soul out of the families in these communities who love these tranquil places. The water pollution WILL happen. The massive scale of this mine is to big of an environmental impact and will destroy surrounding rivers and underground aquifers and poison everyone and every living animal. Please be our hero and say no to this.



From: Valerie Miller
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

This is one of my favorite recreational areas – please don’t destroy it!



From: Kris Eskelin
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County.

As a property owner for 17 years on the lower Santa Fe I am concerned about any impacts a mine would create that ultimately affect us downstream. I enjoy the Santa Fe River and a phosphate mine would put the river at risk. The river, designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, is already impaired, and the mine would use huge withdrawals of water and damage it even more.

Phosphate is important for agriculture, but we are not running out, and new technology has drastically reduced the need, making this mine unnecessary. The phosphate industry in Florida has a history of accidents, spills and contamination. No one individual or company has the right to put at risk a river, the aquifer and the environment.

The decision you make affects not only Bradford County, but all residents downstream, in neighboring counties and Santa Fe River lovers throughout the world! Please keep us all in mind!

Thank you for your time.



From: Gale Summers
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

A native Floridian, I grew up in this state loving the rivers, the springs, and beauty of this area. I cannot believe BIG BUSINESS is again trying to ruin what we know is a pristine and irreplaceable natural environment. Moreover, I cannot believe YOU would allow it to be done.

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County.

I enjoy the Santa Fe River and a phosphate mine would put the river at risk. The river, designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, is already impaired, and the mine would use huge withdrawals of water and damage it even more.

Phosphate is important for agriculture, but we are not running out, and new technology has drastically reduced the need, making this mine unnecessary. The phosphate industry in Florida has a history of accidents, spills and contamination. No one individual or company has the right to put at risk a river, the aquifer and the environment.

The decision you make affects not only Bradford County, but all residents downstream, in neighboring counties and Santa Fe River lovers throughout the world! Please keep us all in mind!

Thank you for your time.



From: Crystal Luck
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

FLORIDA is too beautiful to waste. This is my home.



From: Matthew Barker
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Hi, I’m a concerned citizen who’s water source will be negatively effected if this proposed phosphate mine is approved. When 1000’s of acres of land is removed , what happens to the water in surrounding areas? It drops from the point of depression in a cone, drying wells. Wells that feed our state. Then there is the possibility of contaminating our environment with tons of radioactive material, which has happened often and recently. Why risk destroying our rivers, our land, our water, our health, for a few rich people to get richer. What’s the point of lining your pockets if doing so destroys your fishing spot, drys your well, and scars your home. We have plenty of phosphate, we don’t need this mine. Listen to the people and listen to your gut, are you doing the right thing? How will your grandchildren remember you? You have the power to control the fate of the health of our land. Please protect. Deny the phosphate mine permits



From: shirley rose
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Its time to take a stand and stop the pollution of our river…we need you to put the citizens of Florida first and not the almighty buck…



From: Kevin Blackwood
Subject: Phosphate mining issue

Dear Commissioners:

Commisioner,

My name is Kevin Blackwood, I am a professor of environmental and geosciences at East Central University, Ada, OK. I am a seasonal resident of Florida and have participated on groundwater studies in the karst aquifers in Florida for the last 4 years.

The groundwater in Florida is, in my opinion, the State’s greatest resource. There are places these companies can mine phosphate, and there are places they shouldn’t. Where mining posses a risk to the water, this is not the place for it.

I would urge you to not allow this mine at this location and have them look elsewhere to conduct their work.

That is all, thank you,

KB



From: Barbara Fite
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Please save our beautiful river.



From: Timothy Young
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County. I enjoy the Santa Fe River and a phosphate mine would put the river at risk. I have been coming to the area for over 25 years; bringing students and tourists from West Virginia. Without the quality I find now in the river and aquifer, my guests would not feel the need/want to return to your area. This will ultimately hurt the area economy as well as the environment. The river, designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, is already impaired, and the mine would use huge withdrawals of water and damage it even more. Phosphate is important for agriculture, but we are not running out, and new technology has drastically reduced the need, making this mine unnecessary. The phosphate industry in Florida has a history of accidents, spills and contamination. No one individual or company has the right to put at risk a river, the aquifer and the environment. Thank you for your time.



From: Sydney Shaner
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County. The phosphate industry in Florida has a history of accidents, spills and contamination. No one individual or company has the right to put at risk a river, the aquifer and the environment. Fertilizer production should be kept to a minimum, anyway, as they are the cause of eutrophication worldwide, killing many ecosystems. After visiting the Santa Fe River and its adjoining spring system, I cannot imagine irreversibly ruining something of such beauty. We should all govern ourselves by the phrase “leave it better than you found it”. Instead, we tend to take advantage of whatever seems readily available to us. Thank you for taking time to read this message.



From: Suzanne Nelson
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Our springs need to be protected. There is already much degradation that I, personally, have seen over the last 25 years. Much lower water levels and increased nutrients causing excessive algae and reduced water clarity.
P.S. I am not a computer.



From: Sarah Reed
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Don’t poison our River.



From: Marc Grondin
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Commissioners,

I would ask you to please reconsider if they’re is a phosphate mine to open up on the Sante Fe river it would not only be detrimental to the environment but for short term gains.

I’ve been traveling to the area for the last 17 years to enjoy cave diving. I’ve spent nearly a 100 thousand dollars in the area, entrance fees to the local state parks, lodging, food, gear that was needed for my cave courses, breathing gases and many other businesses I’ve been frequenting in my travel to your part of the world.

Not be native to the USA I’ve brought many of diving buddies to introduce them to the local area and the culture and history that has the state of Florida has to offer and of course to enjoy cave diving at its best.

I would once again reconsider this short term gain for a long term of enjoyment to the real Florida.



From: Tammy Mullis
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County.

My family has lived in this area for generations, and I’ve watched the Santa Fe decline as more and more water is withdrawn & more pollution is allowed. This mine is not necessary. Please do not further stress the river that we depend upon for recreation, livlihood, tourism, and so much more.

Thank you,
Tammy Mullis



From: Sharron Britton
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I grew up in Sarasota County and got to witness the effects of phosphate mining firsthand. The land cannot be reclaimed and the environmental damage cannot be mitigated. The Santa Fe river is a vital part of our economy in its pure and natural state. Please do not vote to allow its degradation for the enrichment of a few.



From: Max Frenkel
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Protect



From: Lee Ann waggener
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Subject
Please do not let this happen! It’s our drinking water!!!



From: Ian Walker
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I visit this area on a regular basis, dont risk the river and springs with ghis mine



From: Dana Clements
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

To the Bradford County Commissioners,

Please do not issue permits to mine phosphates from the Santa Fe river. This river is enjoyed by many families and people from all over the world. But most important is the wildlife and environment that would be jeopardized if mining is allowed. Plus the aquifer would be greatly damaged!

There isn’t a large demand for phosphates due to current technology. So why would you allow mining in the river?

Please consider the impact if you allow mining in the Santa Fe river. Please take the time to sit down and watch the movie “Erin Brockovich”. THE RESIDENTS of the region mined could suffer similar situations that happened in the movie. And the movie is based on a true story!

Thank you for taking your time to research and understand the long term impact mining has in Florida’s rivers and aquifers.

Dana Clements



From: staci garber
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

PLEASE do not approve the permit! The santa fe river is a precious gem ….

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County.

I enjoy the Santa Fe River and a phosphate mine would put the river at risk. The river, designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, is already impaired, and the mine would use huge withdrawals of water and damage it even more.

Phosphate is important for agriculture, but we are not running out, and new technology has drastically reduced the need, making this mine unnecessary. The phosphate industry in Florida has a history of accidents, spills and contamination. No one individual or company has the right to put at risk a river, the aquifer and the environment.

The decision you make affects not only Bradford County, but all residents downstream, in neighboring counties and Santa Fe River lovers throughout the world! Please keep us all in mind!

Thank you for your time.

kind regards,
staci garber



From: Walter Bickmeyer
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

If you allow this mine to happen, it would have a disastrous effect on not just your communities, but everyone doeen stream on the beautiful Sanra Fe River. Truly a crime. Please have respect for the beautiful springs and ruvers we enjoy. And the water that enables life itself. Do the right thing. Say NO!



From: Lance Scott
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

Please keep our water supply clean for future generations.



From: Angela Ehrhardt
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I am a kayaker and have seen miles of messed-up shoreline and wildlife due to the pollution. Our water is so valuable to all of us please do your job and protect it!



From: Rob Woodworth
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County.

I am an active cave diver living in Charleston, SC and travel frequently to Florida to enjoy diving in the caves along the rivers. I have an annual diving pass at Ginnie Springs and visit numerous other caves in the area as well. The condition of the aquifer, rivers, and caves are a frequent topic of concern and it seems like nobody cares about the repercussions of damaging them if there’s a buck to be made.

Please do what you can to protect this environment for everyone to enjoy. It also brings tons of tourist money to the area.

Rob



From: Harriett Jones
Subject: COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE SAVE OUR RIVER!

Dear Commissioners:

I am an avid boater and fear that your beautiful county will be severely impacted just as in High Springs and Bone Valley in central Florida. A friend of mine’s father worked for the mine in High Springs. Nothing has been done to clean up the pollution.
I know the taxpayers of Florida have provided funding to Occidental, or whatever the new name is, to recirculate the polluted water before it is again dumped into the Suwannee. We paid over 3 million for this and the company paid about $250K.
The town is a ghost town now. Even the schools have closed down.
Radiation and more polluted water is your future if you allow this company to start destroying your county.



From: Christa Moody
Subject: Don’t Poison the Taxpayers with Phosphate

Dear Commissioners:

With the FL population expanding by 900+ people per day we do not have land to throw away on a toxic industry like mineral mining. Our FL area is ranked in the top 10 nationally for livestock and row crop production. To protect our natural resources the Bradford Board of County Commissioners must deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County. Phosphate industry in Florida has a marred history and is not a good steward of the land.

Best Regards,
Christa Moody

From: Robert J Henn lll
Subject: Commissioners, PLEASE Commissioners OUR RIVER!



Dear Commissioners:

Stop the mine, it will ruin the rivers and degrade the water quality as well as damage tourism to the springs . I am a dive business owner who brings groups of students and divers, from open water to cave divers to your area, the money your communities recieve for these activities far out weighs what the mining company will bring in. Plus their safety record is fraudulent and frankly non existent.



From: Robert Horne, Jr.
Subject: Proposed phosphate mining operation

Dear Commissioners: Florida is my home state although I now live in Montana. My family goes back centuries in Florida—-one branch to the 1800s, another to 1765 (Spanish Minorcans). I just glanced at the calendar and it said 2017. We have know for decades how devastating the phosphate industry is to our fragile natural resources. We know that the recreation and visitation industries contribute FAR more to Florida’s economy than mining ever will. So, WHY are we even considering this absurd, ill-advised proposal to mine phosphate in an area that puts both the New and Santa Fe rivers at risk? Please flatly deny this asinine proposal. Thank you.
Robert Horne, Jr., AICP



From: Jodi Witt-Brantley
Subject: Please protect our water, our river

Dear Commissioners:

I am writing to request that the Bradford Board of County Commissioners deny any applications for permits to mine phosphate or other materials in Bradford County. We are making huge mistakes in Florida. This state cannot sustain the growth and pollution. We are poisoning our greatest resource. It takes decades for an aquifer to repair itself, we are out of time. My family and I have enjoyed the Santa Fe River for years, many week long canoe camping trips always taking more trash than we brought and more than our canoes could hold . A phosphate mine would put the river at risk. The river, designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, is already impaired, and the mine would use huge withdrawals of water and damage it even more. Phosphate is important for agriculture, but we are not running out, and new technology has drastically reduced the need, making this mine unnecessary. The phosphate industry in Florida has a history of accidents, spills and contamination. No one individual or company has the right to put at risk a river, the aquifer and the environment. Thank you for your time.


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