Scientists at the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute (FSI) have given the Ichetucknee a "C-" grade on the most recent report card, which is included in the new baseline assessment of the Lower Ichetucknee that FSI has published. Click on "The Science," above, to see the full report and look for the Alliance's press release in the "News" tab at the top of this page. We don't think "C-" is a grade to brag about. We all need to be doing a better job to care for this beloved natural system, just one part of the Springs Heartland of Planet Earth.
Ethics may well be the missing piece that will help us solve the puzzle of Florida's water problems, including the problems of reduced flow and impaired water quality that are plaguing the Ichetucknee. Gainesville journalist and author Cynthia Barnett has written extensively about the ethical dimension of these problems. Click on "The Ethics" to read the white paper that Barnett wrote for the Collins Center on Public Policy, "Our Water, Our Florida." Click on "Water Voices" under "Events" at the top of this page to find a video link to a panel discussion about "Ethics, Faith, and Water: A Confluence" in which Barnett and others participated in September 2015.
The work of the Ichetucknee Alliance—to advocate for effective actions that will restore, protect, and preserve the Ichetucknee River System for future generations—is driven by the scientific findings of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute (FSI). The FSI is a nonprofit, independent organization headed by Dr. Robert Knight, a springs expert who studied under Odum (pictured above). Odum was one of the founders of the scientific discipline of systems ecology and his groundbreaking work in that field was conducted in the 1950s at Silver Springs, which gives Florida's springs a prominent place in the history of science. Knight carries on Odum's work by conducting detailed analyses of Florida's springs and communicating the results of his work to the public through groups such as the Ichetucknee Alliance. Click on "The Partnerships," above, to view FSI's home page.