Featured speaker at the Suwannee St. Johns Group Sierra Club on Thursday, May 2, 2019 was Alachua Co. Commissioner Ken Cornell, who drew a large crowd. His topics were environmentally related and included the pending phosphate mine permit, restrictions on urban fertilizer and stormwater runoff.
Over time the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners has been a role model for other counties when it comes to environmental issues. Happily the County is preparing for legal issues with Bradford County should the mine threat worsen. The County has come out strongly against this very real threat to the Santa Fe River and our aquifer.
Likewise, the recent action prohibiting urban fertilizer eight months of the year is a strong step forward, already resulting in pushback from some in the fertilizer business. The County is to be commended for this wise and forward-looking action. This a fine example of treating cause and not just symptom. Take note, Algae Task Force.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-