SPEAK UP FOR SILVER SPRINGS!
  • Petitioned Governor Rick Scott

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Governor Rick Scott

SPEAK UP FOR SILVER SPRINGS!

    1. Petition by

      Ryan Smart

      Gainesville, FL

Former Florida Senator Bob Graham calls on Florida residents to be the “front line of protection” for the state’s water resources. He encourages Floridians to apply common sense — and to encourage their elected leaders to do the same. “If we screw this up, we have killed the goose that laid the golden egg,” Sen. Graham said on June 23rd in front of a crowd of over 1,700 Floridians.

The declining health of Silver Springs is emblematic of the challenges facing water resources throughout the state of Florida. Over the past few decades, Silver Springs and the Silver River have experienced a dramatic increase in nutrient pollution and a dramatic decrease in flow due to drought, groundwater over-pumping, and neglect.

According to St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman, “the flow from Silver Springs has dropped from 800 cubic feet per second to 250 cubic feet per second in the past 12 years. The health of our waterways directly impacts Florida’s statewide economy.” Water-related recreational activities in Florida generate $970 million in direct economic benefits to local communities and 220,000 jobs in boating and marinas, fishing and marine science research.

Senator Graham and the Florida Conservation Coalition  request that Florida Governor Rick Scott direct the Department of Economic Opportunity to assess the establishment of a Resource Planning and Management Committee, authorized under Chapter 380, Florida Statutes, which would harness the power of public and private stakeholders in developing a plan to correct the issues facing the state’s waterways.

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    • Vern Southard FORT MYERS, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because water is the lifeblood of Florida and all that live here.

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    • Jim Brawner PB GARDENS, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      As a kid I went to Silver Springs and know the history , beauty and significance of this site. I am also an aveed kayaker and canoeist and have canoed the Silver River.

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    • Christy Killough JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      water is essential for humans!

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    • Ann Kennedy DUNEDIN, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      We need to protect our water ways. We need to develop a plan to correct the issues facing Florida's water ways. Protection would be an economical benefit to all of us.

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    • Anne Alonso CAPE CORAL, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      We must keep our water unpolluted and stop over pumping of the water flowing into our springs. Maintaining a healthy environment is necessary for our well-being and the economy.

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