Thanks to OSFR member and volunteer David Vaina for the write-up and photo.
Board members, general members, and volunteers with Our Santa Fe River joined the community for the Annual Pioneer Days Festival on Saturday, April 24 in a very windy downtown High Springs.
At the OSFR table behind City Hall, curious attendees of all ages were invited to observe OSFR’s unique Karst Rock Demonstration which illustrates how what goes on the ground ultimately makes its way into our drinking water. In addition, community members (as pictured here) were able to sign a pledge form to eliminate their consumption of single-use plastic in exchange for a reusable metal bottle that came adorned with an OSFR sticker.
Dozens took the pledge and were given additional information about ways to conserve water as well as the dangers of plastic to both the Santa Fe River and our springs. Many community members had heard about the proposed bottling water plant and OSFR’s strong leadership on this issue, and shared our hopes that the plan would fail.
We would like to offer a special thanks to Rum 138 for donating a gift certificate for one tandem kayak or canoe rental/shuttle that OSFR raffled off at $5 per ticket. Along with a new membership signup, OSFR generated $300 in donations at the annual event.
A special thanks to OSFR Board Member Kristin Rubin for organizing this OSFR public education opportunity. If you would like to assist OSFR with future public education events, please send an email to [email protected]