Springs’ Destruction

Springs' Destruction
Springs’ Destruction (photo of algae in Troy Springs, by Alan Youngblood, 2013)

My focus has been on the destruction of my hometown’s Indian River Lagoon as we were wiped out from May through October this year by the diverted and polluted waters of Lake Okeechobee.

In August of this year, I began chairing the Florida League of Cities “Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Committee” and I learned of even more.  The members on my committee are from all over the state.

Many southern members spoke up on the destruction of the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Estuaries, while many central and northern Florida members spoke about springs that don’t flow anymore, about “fountains of youth” full of algae.

Wanting to learn more, “spring movement leaders” like John Moran and Dr Robert Knight were brought to my attention. This link of John Moran, from 2010, shows a rally in front of the state capitol.

http://www.johnmoranphoto.com/springsrally.html.

This link is a background from the Gainesville Sun and the Ocala Star Banner:

http://fragilesprings.com

If there is anything that unites us in Florida, it is our water. We must unite for a new water ethic and a new political will  we must rise up together across the state and demand something different.  Please join us.

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