Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system.
As a result of our
leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and
Scenic River, and a
National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its
fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.
These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads.
Nature vs. Nitrates
Many of Florida’s springs, including Wekiva Springs in Seminole County, have high levels of nitrate contamination which has stimulated a dangerous growth in algae and water plants. Scientists Dr. Robert Knight and Dr. Todd Kincaid present their analysis of the problem, the sources and the research that suggest possible action to protect the Floridan Aquifer and the springs (length: 27:38). Click here.
(Produced, reported and edited by Desta Horner, Title photo “Waterlilly 3” courtesy Flavio Takemoto)
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Next Board Meeting/ Date change: July 10, 2014 at 6 p.m
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The Friends of Wekiva River have been working closely with the Rotary Club of Seminole County South to form the Wekiva River Promise. The project is to educate on the effects of nitrates and promote personal stewardship to ensure the enjoyment of the River for years to come!