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Florida Springs Council Announces Ryan Smart as First Executive Director during Florida Springs Rest

FSC Executive Director Ryan Smart speaks to group at the state capitol about a springs bill in committee
Ryan Smart Florida Springs Council


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Contact: Ryan Smart

Executive Director


“My goal as the Florida Springs Council’s first executive director is to build the power, influence and resources of springs advocates across our state. We are putting those who pollute and abuse our springs on notice. No more. We are going to do whatever is necessary – through science, local governments, the Legislature, and the courts - to reverse the destruction of North Florida’s springs and waters.”

Earlier this month, the Florida Springs Council hosted the Florida Springs Restoration Summit in Ocala, Florida. The biennial event featured presentations from scientists, springs advocates, and representatives of state and regional governmental agencies.

During the Summit, Florida Springs Council President Dan Hilliard announced that thanks to a generous grant from the Felburn Foundation, the Council had hired Ryan Smart as the Council’s first Executive Director.

Smart, who was honored for his environmental advocacy work as the 2017 University of Florida – Bob Graham Center Young Floridian of the Year, joins FSC after serving as the Director of the Florida Conservation Coalition and President of 1000 Friends of Florida.


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