Otter Springs Hosts Conservation Summit
Fourteen presentations were delivered at Otter Springs Park and Campground in Trenton in what resembled a think tank of knowledge poised to tackle the problem of over pumping and over fertilization.
We traveled to some of the affected springs and waterways that were once shining examples of Florida, but are now carpeted in algae.
Ginnie Springs Owner, Mark Wray describes the scene, “Never have i seen my springs look this way.”
A Springs Conservation Summit may be the help the public needs to transfer talk into action
Retired Florida Park Service employee, Jim Stevenson says current efforts aren't enough,“the general feeling is that the water management districts have done a poor job of protecting the springs level,during a legislative committee meeting at the state capitol the state senator al lawson said, ‘once you turn on the pumps, you aren’t going to turn them off.”
Solutions thrown around the room today included putting a moratorium on consumption and use permits or more accurate watershed modeling.
The summit concluded with an example from the Edwards Aquifer and how stakeholders there in Texas were able to arrive at a solution when faced with similar issues.
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