Florida’s springs are one of our state’s most beloved natural treasures. Residents and visitors alike have been drawn for decades to the clear waters of our springs and delighted in spring-centered shows, glass bottom boat rides, tubing, kayaking, swimming, and wildlife watching. Manatees, alligators, river otters, Florida Gar, Belted Kingfishers, a variety of turtles, and other wildlife all rely on the vital habitat springs provide.
Unfortunately, pollution in our springs is rising and the flow of fresh water to our springs is declining – threatening the sustainability of springs and our ability to enjoy them.
At a time when we need to invest in restoring our springs, Florida’s water management districts are instead authorizing further harm. “Minimum Flow and Levels” (MFLs) for the Rainbow River Springs System and the Silver Springs system have recently been adopted that will allow additional water to be withdrawn from the aquifer that feeds these systems, ensuring these already suffering springs will continue to decline.
We need your help! Please click the buttons below to ask the chairmen and executive directors of the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Southwest Florida Water Management District to reconsider their MFLs for the Silver Springs system and the Rainbow Springs system, respectively. Then click the button to request Governor Scott encourage the districts to revise the MFLs in order to provide the spring systems more protection.
For more information and talking points to use in your communications with the water management districts and Governor Scott please click here.
Water management districts propose to institutionalize the harm that has been done to our springs rather than try to restore water flow to historic levels. If you think springs deserve better, write the chairman and the executive director of both water management districts and Governor Scott immediately to let them know!
Thank you so much for your help!
Florida Conservation Coalition
Florida Springs Council