Hear former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and State Senator Lee Constantine speak at Florida’s Springs and Waterways Protection Summit in Ocala.
The Silver Springs Alliance (SSA) announced that a major public presentation on the urgent need to protect Florida’s imperiled springs and waters will take place June 23, 2012 at Silver Springs State Park, located at 1425 N.E. 58th Ave, Ocala.
Headlining the “Speak Up for Florida’s Waters” event are former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor, Bob Graham, and State Senator Lee Constantine. They, along with springs scientist, Dr. Bob Knight, former Chief Biologist for the Florida State Park System, Jim Stevenson, and Florida outdoors photographer, John Moran, will focus on the numerous threats facing Florida’s waters. The summit, which begins at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm, is free to the public.
“This is a call to action,” SSA vice president, Natalie Lyons said. “Now is the time to stand up and speak out for our waterways, or we’ll end up losing them forever,’
“Speak Up for Florida’s Waters” is sponsored by Silver Springs Alliance, Florida Springs Institute, Florida Conservation Coalition, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Silver River Museum, Marion County Springs Festival, and other water-conscious organizations.
“It’s the most important springs’event of the year,” said Dr. Bob Knight, a springs expert and advisor to state and federal environmental agencies. “It will provide an opportunity for an empowered public to demand significant changes to the state’s water management practices.”
According to Knight, Silver Springs is already threatened by dangerously high levels of nitrates and over-pumping of groundwater in its 1,200 square miles of water recharge area in North Central Florida. However, Silver Springs is not the only water resource under siege. Pollution, over-pumping, and drought have also drastically reduced water quality and quantity in many other Florida springs and waters, Knight said.
The summit will offer educational presentations, exhibitions, food, and live music. There are also tram rides to the Silver River. In addition, a natural museum, and a collection of unique pioneer buildings known as the "Cracker Village" will be open to the public during the evening. For more information: http?://www?.?silverspringsalliance?.?org/