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 Science," above, to view FSI's home page.
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 Ichetucknee Alliance is a member of the independent nonprofit Florida Springs Council, a consortium of over 30 organizations that represent over 100,000 Floridians concerned about the restoration, preservation and protection of our springs--the largest concentration of freshwater springs on the planet. From Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, 2016, the Council is holding the first statewide springs conference in a number of years. We urge you to attend this gathering of springs experts and advocates in Ocala. Click on "The Partnerships," above, to view the conference website. We hope to see you there!