SILVER SPRINGS - THE CROWN JEWEL OF FLORIDA

 An excerpt from Restoring Silver Springs: An Action Plan

  Developed by Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, Inc. 


Silver Springs and the Silver River are located east of Ocala in Marion County and near the center of the Florida peninsula. Silver Springs includes at least 25 named artesian springs that comprise a first magnitude spring group, and forms the headwaters of the Silver River.

Not more than thirty years ago Silver Springs had the distinction of being the largest spring in Florida (with a long-term average daily flow greater than 530 million gallons of pure groundwater), the first spring subjected to scientific investigation (in 1859 by Dr. John Le Conte from the University of South Carolina) and perhaps the oldest natural tourist destination in Florida (as described by author Sidney Lanier in 1875).

In spite of those unparalleled qualifications as a natural wonder to be preserved in perpetuity, Silver Springs today is one of the most endangered large springs in Florida. The spring's voluminous flow has declined on average by more than 30 percent, and the pure groundwater praised by dozens of glass-bottom board captains to millions of tourists over the past one hundred years is now contaminated by nitrate-nitrogen at a concentration that is more than 3,100 percent higher than the natural background. An insidious combination of reduced flow, increase nutrient pollution, and a downstream dam that blocks fish migration, has resulted in explosive growth of nuisance algae, substantial reductions in fish and wildlife populations, and very evident deterioration of the aesthetic appeal of this National Natural Landmark.


This excerpt provides a perfect introduction to the Silver Springs Alliance and its reason for existence.

We invite you to look around our website to learn more about the Silver Springs Alliance, our activity and our passion.

You may view the full 'Action Plan' at this link.



Click here for the video experience! Provided by Mark Emery


Recent blog posts

Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:29 AM • Anonymous
Monday, December 08, 2014 11:05 AM • Anonymous
Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:10 PM • Anonymous
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:27 PM • Anonymous

Upcoming events



Donation Goal

Collected: $10,520.00
Goal: $11,000.00
96%
Help Us Reach our goal, Thank You!
Need help logging in, using Paypal, or have questions or suggestions concerning your new website?
Would you like to help out with the new website system?


Mailing Address
Silver Springs Alliance Inc
PO Box 153 
Silver Springs 34489-0153 
© Silver Springs Alliance Inc
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software