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Our Santa Fe River

As 2008 comes to a close…

Our Santa Fe River became a group of organized citizens sometime in the beginning of 2007.  When 5 water bottling facilities, within a 3-mile stretch of the Santa Fe River, wanted to withdraw upwards of 1.3 billion gallons annually from our public Floridan Aquifer, river and springs.  We’ve been at it almost  2 years and still going strong.

So far only one, Coca-Cola/Dannon plant, operates (has been since 1998).
The other 4 remain only as requests, tied up in legal proceedings through the court systems and local government agencies.

OSFR has made huge strides in educating the public about our most precious natural resources.  Perhaps diligence and perseverance has made information accessible and therefore motivated individuals to rise to the challenge (thank goodness for internet with this respect).   Or perhaps we are part of a national movement and consciousness to make protecting the environment for now and for future generations a priority.  Whatever the reason…we are here and we are proud of our accomplishments as we are proud of you for taking an active role in your backyard…your environment, the world is a very small place afterall.  Thank you and many blessings.

As for this sign below…
coming soon to a neighborhood near you?!
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A day or two ago, I could hardly believe my eyes as I sped by this sign on US 441 driving to Gainesville from Alachua.  I first saw it over a year ago.  Although the next time I saw it…a blue tarp covered the phone number so I dismissed it as a mistake.  But the sign remained and stayed covered…till the wind blew the cover off recently.  So I called.  Ms. Maude Tanner answered the phone.  She stated she had a permit for 37 years to sell artesian water from her well.  I called our friendly Suwannee River Water Management District (who has jurisdiction over water uses in this county where the sign is posted).  John Kruse, a staff member who answers questions relating to consumptive water use permits, said that  Ms. Tanner would like a permit, but has yet to fill out the proper paperwork (and pay the fee).

So….. no, there is   NO  Artesian Water For Sale  HERE.

Although the sign is misleading and false advertising, it is a curiosity.  Is this the future of “Water for Sale in Florida?”  Actually it is not entirely different than what has gone on with the 5 water bottle plants we have been dealing with these past years, in the sense that these “individuals” (who simply owned the property surrounding a public spring), at least went into the SRWMD and filled out the paperwork and paid the approx. $300 fee.  The “individuals” negotiated with a buyer (usually a multinational corporation, such as Coca-Cola, Nestle or Pepsi) prior to having all the paperwork and government consent in order.  Ms. Tanner simply had the audacity to advertise in a high traffic area in advance of any paperwork or legitimate authority.  And what may complicate matters more…I understand she is hooked up to municipality water from the city of Alachua, her property is located in rural Alachua County (the sign ordinance or code enforcement may need a phone call…or two).

And so the water bottlers are alive and well in north central Florida doing what they do.  And OSFR, also brisk and lively, will inform the public as best we can of their doings.

And for 2009…As we contemplate our recent past…technology serves us well but is devastating too.  Our ancestors learned to harness the sun…they woke to sunlight, ate food made by sunlight and rested in the dark.  Watch The 11th Hour film, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Action site for feature film ‘The 11th Hour‘. A hub of information for individuals and communities to take action and share information on environmental 
11thhouraction.com/ – 65k – Cached – Similar pages

 Here are some water ideas from the book The Hidden Messages in Water by author Masaru Emoto…

page xv.,
“We start out being 99 percent water, as fetuses.  When we are born, we are 90 percent water, and by the time we reach adulthood we are down to 70 percent.  If we die of old age, we will probably be about 50 percent water.  In other words, throughout our lives we exist mostly of water.”
page xvi.,

“Water in a river remains pure because it is moving.  When it becomes trapped it dies.  Therefore water must constantly be circulated.”
“Moving, changing, flowing—this is what life is all about.”
“If we consider that before we became human beings, we existed as water, we get closer to finding the answer to the basic question of what a human being is.  If we have a clear understanding of water, we will better understand the human body, and even unlock the mystery of why we were born and exist as we do.”

 page xix.,
 “To understand water is to understand the cosmos, the marvels of nature, and life itself.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Masaru Emoto
Happy Holidays and a Sustainable Prosperous New Year.
Peace and Joy,
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson
Our Santa Fe River

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