Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are we loving nature to death?

We all love nature... and we just might be killing the very thing we love. 

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It reminds me of that cartoon "I will name him George, and I will pet him, and love him and squeeze him......." remember that one?  ...a joke, but seriously, sometimes our love of something can literally obliterate it.

A fabulous comment /quote from an amazing person--Kevin Love, former district employee and land manager
It means recognizing that these lands are something much more important…they are our storehouses of biological diversity, of genetic information, the last places where wild things can be wild. They are our natural endowment for the future. They are all we have and they must last us forever.- Read more of his comments here.

We tend to gravitate to the places that resonate with us the most, and when it comes to tourism, we can't help it, we end up visiting many of the same places over and over again.  Now, more than ever we need to be aware of our 'footprints'. They could be annihilating the very things we hold so dear. 

Florida boasts many of the world best beaches, but we also have a little secret....there are more natural springs in Florida than anywhere else in the states .

Also a great book to read about the springs:
 ----->>The Springs of Florida- The deepest and largest known springs in the world are found in Florida. The photographs are the result of hundreds of hours under water. The new edition is completely updated to serve as a guide to Florida's many spring parks and their inhabitants. Vital for canoeists, kayakers, divers, snokelers, and visitors.

We fight over water.  ( 

awesome blog about saving our water--->>>>SWFWMD Matters: Silver Springs Dying? Are You Okay With That?

And the fight goes on over bottled water--->.Bottling Up. Our Natural Resources: The Fight Over Bottled Water. --->>

These natural beauties are reeling from our misuse, over-use, and indirect pollution by too much fertilizer, along with so many other things we should be aware of that harm our springs.  Read more on how we can help here.  

 Are we loving our springs to death?

See video----> An outbreak of toxic algae red time has killed more than 200 Florida manatees. This breaks the record of deaths set back in 1996....Are we loving our springs to death?

·how to help:

Springs and Water Conservation Links

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Springs Initiative
Florida's Water: Ours to Protect
Florida Springs Locator
Florida Springs Database
Florida Geological Survey
Northwest Florida Water Management District
St. Johns River Water Management District
South Florida Water Management District
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Suwannee River Water Management District

Water Education Links

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Environmental Education
Florida Project WET
EPA Water Information Site
The Groundwater Foundation
United States Geological Survey

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