The Florida Springs Institute on June 27, 2018, hosted the premier showing of the film “Clear Water, Clean Water? – Exploring the Floridan Aquifer” and also the June meeting of the OSFR board.
At the beginning of the meeting, Associate Executive Director of the Institute Heather Obara, Esq. announced the official candidacy of OSFR board member Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson for Florida State House of Representatives in the November 6 election.
The film is by award-winning freelance director Tom Fitz. The short film highlights the Floridan aquifer and was filmed locally with people from the area. It features the fragility of the aquifer and those who know and understand it.
“Tom’s work has been broadcast by PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, ABC, NHK, Tokyo Broadcasting, and others. His non-profit educational film company, Schoolyard Films, provides free films and study guides for schools on conservation and environmental topics.”
Film Trailer: https://player.vimeo.com/video/271617181
OSFR thanks the Florida Springs Institute for arranging the showing of this documentary, and also for providing the venue for our board meeting, enabling us to view the film.
Important happenings took place at the board meeting, one of which was that OSFR ex-president Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson was re-elected to the Board of Directors. Pam Smith will move from the Board of Directors to the Board of Advisors.
And guest John Moran convinced the board to pursue a new project of signage based on the old Burma Shave ads of mulitple signs in sequence. An example is already in place on OSFR advisor Jim Pruitt’s land near Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, sponsored by the Florida Springs Council.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-