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.
From our sister organization, Our Santa Fe River:
You are invited to participate as water activists in the upcoming
CLEAN WATER RALLY
When: Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Time: Noon – 3 pm
Place: Downtown Fort White, Fl. US 47th and US 27th
Bring Signs that read any of the following:
No CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feed Lots)
Save our Aquifer
Protect our Water
Honk if you Drink Water
This rally is to raise awareness of the many problems that are threatening our rivers, springs, aquifer and water. Our purpose is to attract the attention of political candidates running for office in our Aquifer districts and to have voters choose candidates that will protect our waters.
We have lost 30-40% of our spring flows over the last 10 years and if something is not done NOW we will loose even more. If you want your grandchildren to enjoy our cherished springs and to have clean water to drink, ACT now and JOIN us.
There will be a sign painting meeting prior to our scheduled OSFR Board meeting from 5:30 to 6:30pm on Wednesday October 26th with the Board meeting starting at 6:30pm. The public is invited to attend both.
See you there!