Stacie Greco runs a great forum that is laid back, informative, low stress and always well attended. Today, Feb. 15, 2018 was no exception with interesting speakers dealing with various topics all about springs and mostly on the Santa Fe River.
Very interesting but at the same time disheartening was the “Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Survey of Selected Springs on the Santa Fe River” by Greg Owen, Tom Morris and Pete Butt. Huge amounts of algae are now found in virtually all the springs sampled. We have been hearing about this for years, but the underwater pictures are most disturbing.
This is but graphic confirmation of what many groups have repeated time after time to the water management districts. These include OSFR, the Ichetucknee Alliance, Florida Springs Institute, Sierra Club and many more. Unfortunately, as was so obvious at the recent UF/Duke Energy water conference in Gainesville, our managing agencies prefer to spend their time and money studying and talking about the problems instead of acting on what they have known for years– the solution is to reduce nitrates and over-pumping.
Our springs are in deep and serious trouble. And, under the current mindset of our water managers, it is getting worse and not better.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-