Monday, April 6, 2009

4/6 - SAVE OUR RIVER...for future generations


Green “pin” marks the location of the proposed Yankee Lake facility. Red line represents the pipeline to the St. Johns. On April 13th, the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) will vote on a permit from Seminole County to withdraw an average of 5.5 million gallons of water a day (MGD) from the St. Johns River. Seminole County’s Yankee Lake facility would eventually be able to withdraw up to 55 MGD. This initial permit from Seminole County represents the beginning of an Alternative Water Supply (AWS) program that could eventually result in the withdrawal of over 260 million gallons of water a day (MGD) from the St. Johns and Ocklawaha.

This is not just about the future of the St. Johns and Ocklawaha. This is a fight to protect all of our water resources in Florida - our aquifer, rivers, and springs.

Here is how you can help:

1) Send an e-mail to the SJRWMD Governing Board members and Governor Charlie Crist and let them know that you oppose surface water withdrawals and support water conservation. Click here to learn more and to send an e-mail today. Takes two seconds to help!!

Read these articles for more information about the threats to our water resources:

St. Johns water district sells us out, Orlando Sentinel,0,4800323.column

Put the public before the pirates, Ocala Star-Banner

Groveland plans an April rally to drum up support in water war, Orlando Sentinel,0,2309985.story

Ocklawaha River: Insult Upon Injury, The Ledger

Who gets aquifer access? Answer is telling, Orlando Sentinel,0,838414.column

We think: Water managers' efforts to feed development starve efforts to fight it, Orlando Sentinel,0,2551277.story

Central Florida politicians wearing blinders, Orlando Sentinel,0,1709812.column

We think: The latest plans to address water demands is a nightmare, Orlando Sentinel,0,7995351.story

Now is the time to protect Florida's precious springs, Ocala Star-Banner

Jimmy Orth, Executive Director St. Johns Riverkeeper 2800 University Blvd. N. Jacksonville, FL 32211P: 904.256.7591