Traveling the Trace on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Text and Photos by Robert Ulanowicz, Ph.D., Ichetucknee Advisory Board Member There was a break in the heat as the small group of Ichetucknee Alliance affiliates assembled on the Columbia County Courthouse Square in Lake City. Jim Stevenson, the “grandfather of the springs,” set up his map on an easel in the square to share…

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Ichetucknee Alliance Comments on State Park’s New Management Plan

On July 13, 2017, the Ichetucknee Alliance sent comments about the new unit management plan for Ichetucknee Springs State Park to the Acquisition and Restoration Council of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. To read the Alliance’s letter, click here. As you read the letter, remember that the Alliance’s stated mission is to restore, protect…

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Our New Bumper Sticker: Why “No Water No Farms No Food”?

“No Water No Farms No Food” is the more complete message because it restores water to its primary place of importance—to our farmers, to our springs, to ourselves, to our economy. (Scroll down to read more.) Maybe you’ve seen them while you’re driving, those bumper stickers that say “No Farms No Food.” I doubt anyone would…

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One Geologist’s To-Do List for Restoring Springs

By Jim Gross   Editor’s Note: Jim Gross, the geologist who spoke at one of our Water Voices programs in 2016, wrote the following in an email thread I received; he has generously given us permission to print it here. When people ask, “What is causing the problems with our springs?” and “What can we…

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We Need Your Help for Our Challenge to the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan

Earlier this year, the Alliance filed a legal challenge to the new North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan on behalf of the Ichetucknee River System. We took this action because we believed the plan was required to include an effective restoration strategy for the river and springs, which it failed to do. Unfortunately, both the St. Johns River and…

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A Picture Report of the Ichetucknee in May 2017

by John Moran   Editor’s Note:  Gainesville photographer, writer, springs advocate and Lifetime Ichetucknee Alliance member John Moran visits the Ichetucknee every year on his birthday. This year (2017), he graciously agreed to share this series of his birthday trip photos. Thanks, John! This picture report begins with a few underwater pictures shot in the…

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Show Your Work

by Bob Palmer, Ichetucknee Alliance Advisory Board Member Think back to sixth grade.   Remember those pesky math tests where your teacher wouldn’t give you any credit if the question was “what’s 144 divided by 6?” and you just wrote down “24”. You had to “show your work”. If you didn’t, your teacher would suspect, perhaps…

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My 40th-Birthday Relay Through the Ichetucknee Trace (Part 1)

by Eric Flagg I was in my undergraduate program for Environmental Science at UF (1996-1998) when I first met Jim Stevenson. He was speaking to one of my classes and was at the time, I believe, director of the Florida Springs Task Force. He made a big impression on me as someone I’d like to…

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Ichetucknee: All-Star of the Springs Heartland

The very knowledgeable writer, river guide, owner of Adventure Outpost in High Springs, and Ichetucknee Alliance supporter Lars Andersen wrote a lovely blog about the Ichetucknee for Riverguide’s Journal and he has graciously given the Alliance permission to share the blog, which you may read here.

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