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- Rights of Springs
While Florida has various environmental organizations in place to “protect” the quality and quantity of springs’ minimum flows and levels, it clearly does not recognize a spring’s inherent right to exist and flow free from significant human disruption. The rules and regulations in place are of no avail if hydrological science is ignored and governmental bodies lack the political will to stop destructive practices that impede the water quality and quantity of the springsheds that feed the springs.
The current major threat facing Silver Springs is a consumptive use permit application to the St. Johns River Water Management District, submitted by Adena Springs Ranch, requesting to use over 13 million gallons a day to raise 10,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres of land in Marion County. The property is located within the springshed of Silver Springs, a National Natural Landmark, and it comes at a time when the health of Silver Springs is already in jeopardy.
The flow of Silver Springs has declined 32% during the past decade. In addition, Silver Springs already suffers from the introduction of too much waste material and fertilizer run-off, which would only be increased by the manure and fertilizer from such a huge cattle operation.
This CUP application is merely the most recent example of the failure to recognize and enforce the natural limits of springs and springsheds. As a people, and as elected or appointed officials, we continue to fail to exercise the political will necessary to say “no” to economic activities that destroy the very basis of life. We must adopt laws based on the understanding that we cannot have a healthy economy unless the environment remains healthy.
Leading CEJ’s initiatives to protect the springs’ right to exist, flourish and thrive is Robert Williams. He will serve “of counsel” at CEJ while continuing to reside and work in Tallahassee. Rob is a great addition to CEJ, and his location in Tallahassee enhances CEJ’s presence in the State Capitol. I know you join us in welcoming Rob to CEJ.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
CEJ Events & PresentationsSpring Field Trip
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Other EventsEnvironmental & Earth Law Summit
Climate Disruption: Choosing Our Environmental Destiny
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9-4 p.m.
Barry University School of Law
6441 E. Colonial Drive
Global climate disruption has been called the most important issue of our time. We invite you to join us as distinguished experts explore international, national and local impacts and offer innovative approaches to address the challenges ahead.
Contact: E-mail esummit (at) barry.edu or
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