Florida’s Springs

April 16, 2015

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Florida’s springs are more than just a place to float down the river and have a beer, and we must protect them.

Florida has more artesian springs – 1,000 of them – than any other place in the world. Some are large and familiar, like Silver, Ichetucknee, and Wakulla, others small and hidden away, like Fern Hammock and Shangri-La. But they all have a crucial role in Florida’s freshwater supply and environmental health, not to mention their recreational value.

In the past two decades, long-time threats to these natural gems have become more urgent. Many springs that were formerly blue now have a greenish tint. Unsightly filamentous algae has replaced many spring’s natural aquatic plant communities. Flows are declining in numerous springs. Some have stopped flowing altogether. Scientific research tells us that many of these changes have been caused by humans and can be repaired.

The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute located in Gainesville is a private, non-profit corporation working to educate the public about these issues and to develop valid management methods to protect and recover these springs. The Florida Springs Institute is funded solely by donations and grants. Swamp Head is partnering with the Florida Springs Institute to raise awareness about the threats to the Floridan Aquifer that provides water to our springs. A share of the profits from Swamp Head’s new brew – Eternal – will assist the Florida Springs Institute achieve its mission to ensure the restoration, preservation and protection of springs and the aquifer for future generations of Floridians. Please help Swamp Head in working towards a healthy Florida water environment.

Blog post by: Bob Knight, Director – Florida Springs Institute

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