The Okefenokee swamp sends waters into Florida mainly by means of the Suwannee River and also the St Marys, which forms part of the Florida border with Georgia. The Santa Fe, of course, is the Suwannee’s largest tributary and empties into it near Branford.
Twin Pines Minerals, the company planning the mine near the Okefenokee Refuge, also mines in the uppermost basin of the Santa Fe, and is a potential threat to our river. Their record in Florida suggests they may damage the delicate ecosystem of the swamp as they are proven rule-breakers and corner-cutters.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum