What would you do if someone told you that you lived in the middle of the largest concentration of freshwater springs on planet Earth? Over 900* springs in all?
And that some of those springs had already ceased to flow?
And that others—springs widely recognized as the area's gems and state's treasures—had lost 20% or 30% of their flows?
Because too many people watered too many lawns? Too many businesses failed to use best management practices? Too many governments, businesses, agribusinesses, and individuals failed to conserve water and return treated water to the aquifer?
What would you do if you knew that one day, Silver Springs might not exist? Ichetucknee Springs? Wekiva? Wakulla?
What would you do if you knew that we only had 3 years to make a difference, or we might lose our springs forever?
What would you do?
*Thanks to Dr. Bob Knight of the Florida Springs Institute for this updated figure for Florida's freshwater springs.
The image above is of the head springs at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Click on the image for a better view.