Organizations that Protect Florida's Springs
Florida Springs Council
The Florida Springs Council is a 501c3 organization based in Gainesville focused on the protection and restoration of Florida's springs and spring-fed rivers through education, advocacy, and litigation.
The only state-wide advocacy group focused solely on springs, the Florida Springs Council serves as a state-wide umbrella organization, bringing together experts from across the state in science, policy, law, and advocacy to more effectively address both local concerns and state-wide issues. The Florida Springs Council conducts legal cases, legislative work, and grassroots organizing to forward springs conservation. FSC's executive director, Ryan Smart, is a water policy expert and the only lobbyist in Tallahassee whose sole focus is the protection of Florida's springs and springfed waterways.
Florida Springs Institute
The Florida Springs Institute is a 501c3 scientific and educational organization located in High Springs. FSI focuses on gathering data, conducting research, and publishing their findings about the health of Florida's springs. FSI's executive director Dr. Bob Knight has studied springs ecology for decades.
Local Springs Protection Organizations
These organizations protect a local spring or waterway. They know each local spring and its issues and community best. Some came together as "founding organizations" of the Florida Springs Council. Most are run entirely by volunteers.