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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. 

Blue Spring Alliance (Volusia)

Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc.

Homosassa River Alliance

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Friends of Chassahowitzka

Ichetucknee Alliance *founding organization

Our Santa Fe River *founding organization

Rainbow River Conservation

Silver Springs Alliance *founding organization

St. Johns Riverkeeper

Wakulla Springs Alliance *founding organization

W.A.R. - Withlacoochee Aquatic Restoration *founding organization

WWALS - Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Suwannee Watershed Coalition (Suwannee Riverkeeper)

Conservation Organizations
While not solely focused on springs, these organizations protect Florida's water as an integral part of their wider conservation efforts.


Florida Conservation Voters

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Earth Jurisprudence

Defenders of Wildlife

Earthjustice Florida Office

Florida Conservation Voters

Florida Defenders of the Environment

Save the Manatee *founding organization

Sierra Club Florida

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