Join us for the 2nd Annual Springs Forum. A panel of experts will provide updates on the current conditions of Silver Springs, the status of the Adena Spring Ranch permit, the science behind the springs crisis and the impacts to the St. Johns River.
Speakers will include: Dr. Robert Knight, Director of the Florida Springs Institute and one of the foremost experts on Silver Springs, Sister Patricia Seimen, J.D., Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at Barry University School of Law, and me, your St. Johns Riverkeeper.
Despite its importance and iconic status, the health of Silver Springs has declined significantly over the last several decades. Nearly 92% of the fish biomass has disappeared, the flow from the springs has dramatically decreased, algae covers a significant portion of the spring floor, and the water now flashes a hint of green instead of silver. This is due to impacts from encroaching development, overpumping of groundwater, loss of aquifer recharge areas, runoff of fertilizer from farms and lawns, and poorly treated wastewater.