Supporting a Water-Friendly Florida Agriculture

by Robert E. Ulanowicz, Ph.D. Most are aware of Florida’s growing water crisis, but few seem eager to consider the elephant in the parlor. Water expert Thomas Swihart reports that agricultural irrigation accounts for more than 60 percent of all freshwater consumed in Florida ([i]), although the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported in 2011…

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Gainesville Poet Lola Haskins Writes About the Ichetucknee

The marvelous Gainesville poet, Lola Haskins, shared two poems about the Ichetucknee with the Alliance, along with an announcement about her new book, “how small, confronting morning,” just out from Jacar Press. Lola is reading from the book at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at the Alachua Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville. Click here to…

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Membership Drive with Discounted Rates Runs Through June 2016

    The Ichetucknee Alliance is having a membership drive with reduced rates that make it easier than ever for you to support our activities! From now until June 30, 2016, the special discounted membership rates are $10 for a student or senior, $15 for an individual, and $20 for a family. Our goal is to…

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Alliance Officers Speak About Columbia County Poultry Factory

On October 15, 2015, Ichetucknee Alliance President John Jopling and Secretary/Staff Assistant Lucinda Faulkner Merritt attended a meeting of the Columbia County Commission to speak about the siting of a poultry factory in southern Columbia County very near the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers. While the factory does not lie within the Ichetucknee springshed, we made the decision…

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Reports from the Field: The Ichetucknee Baseline Study

Funded by a grant from the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the Florida Springs Institute is coordinating a group of volunteers who are doing scientific baseline sampling to assess conditions of ecological health along the Lower Ichetucknee River (outside the state park) from July 20-31, 2015. Follow the activities of the monitoring team here in what…

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An Overdrawn Water Budget, Aquifer Decline, and the Possibility of Fracking in Florida

Ichetucknee Alliance Position Paper June 2015 The Ichetucknee Alliance is opposed to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Florida because the State of Florida cannot afford to lose the water that this process requires. The Alliance bases this position on information that is available from the water supply plans prepared by the state’s water management districts as…

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The State of Florida Is Overseeing the Death of the Ichetucknee

by John Jopling Last February, members of the Board of Directors of the Ichetucknee Alliance met with Drew Bartlett, deputy secretary of Water Policy and Eco Restoration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and Ann Shortelle, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD). At that meeting, we discussed our disappointment…

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Diving Among Diamonds

Article and Photographs by Scott Jantz   We often joke that the walk down the quarter-mile boardwalk to Blue Hole is longer than the dive we are carting our gear to do. But what Ichetucknee’s Blue Hole spring lacks in length, she more than makes up for in beauty and challenge. Cave divers use two…

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Ichetucknee Alliance Asks FDEP and SRWMD to Enforce Florida Law

Saying, “The idea of a group like ours coming as supplicants seems absurd,” Ichetucknee Alliance President John Jopling opened a meeting with representatives of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Suwannee River Water Management District to ask those state agencies, which are charged with protecting Florida’s natural resources, to begin to enforce state…

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