The Florida Springs Council is the only  statewide group focused exclusively on advocacy for our world-class springs and rivers.

The Florida Springs Council began as a consortium of member organizations from all over the state, each contributing their skills and local expertise to coordinate action in the restoration, preservation, and protection of all of Florida’s freshwater springs and the Floridan aquifer. We unite these organizations and our individual members to lobby in Tallahassee for more protective springs laws, monitor agency rulemaking,  bring legal action when necessary, and mobilize wherever a spring is under threat. 

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We're going to court to overturn the Water Bottling Permit.


In March of 2021 we launched a legal challenge to the permit renewal given to Seven Springs Water Company. Seven Springs plans to provide nearly a million gallons of water per day from the Santa Fe River to Nestle’s (now called "BlueTriton") bottled water operation.

Stickers, magnets, kayak stickers, shirts, water bottles are available as gifts when you donate to the legal fund. Your support makes this case possible.


An update on our Legal Fight for Clean Springs

It's been nearly two years since a judge heard our challenge in the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Where are we now?

The judge upheld the ineffective BMAPs (springs cleanup plans), but in November 2021 we filed an appeal in the First District Court of Appeals. We continue our work, alongside Ichetucknee Alliance, Our Santa Fe River, Rainbow River Conservation, Save the Manatee Club, Sierra Club, and Silver Springs Alliance  to overturn the ineffective and statutorily deficient Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs).

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Survey Results are IN!

By breaching the Rodman Dam and restoring the Ocklawaha River, we can:
Recover 20+ lost springs.
Restore migratory fish routes.
Give manatees unrestricted access to needed habitat...

Over ten thousand people provided feedback to the water management district, and results are in: over 86% of respondents favor restoring the Ocklawaha, just under 7% support maintaining the dam and reservoir. 

Read about what's next: 

Florida Springs Council

PO Box 358191

Gainesville, FL 32635

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