Florida springs


Advocates are raising concerns about state plans for cleaning up Florida’s ailing springs.

Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) is asking the Florida Legislature to appropriate $25 million more dollars for springs restoration next year.

Bradley is building on a funding increase from the last legislative session.

Back in November, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One, which sets aside millions of dollars for land and water conservation.

This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at where exactly that money might go.

An editorial by the Ocala Star-Banner is blasting the Florida House for ignoring the plight of Florida’s springs, especially as their counterparts in the Senate work on comprehensive springs protection. The Star-Banner calls House Speaker Will Weatherford’s inaction on springs “appalling.” 

The once-clear water bubbling up from the aquifer now carries nitrates that bring algae blooms; some say the situation is nearing a crisis.

Florida, the land of 1,000 springs, has lost many of them to nitrate pollution, and more are threatened -- including Silver Springs.