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Public Forum for Land and Water Conservation Pertaining to Florida’s Amendment 1 to Be Held This Thursday

Public Forum for Land and Water Conservation Pertaining to Florida’s Amendment 1 to Be Held This Thursday

The Gainesville Sun will be holding a forum to discuss land and water conservation and other topics.  More information as quoted from The Gainesville Sun follows.

The Gainesville Sun is holding a forum on land and water conservation, including a discussion of how state lawmakers are planning to spend Amendment 1 money.

The forum will be held March 19 at 7 p.m. at the University of Florida’s Pugh Hall. The event and parking are free and open to the public.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring Ramesh Buch, who manages the Alachua County Forever land conservation program; Greg Galpin, a Plum Creek Timber Company official who has worked on local conservation easements; Pegeen Hanrahan, former Gainesville mayor and deputy director of the Amendment 1 campaign; and Charlie Houder, who spent 28 years in public land acquisition and management with the Suwannee and St. Johns River water management districts. Sun editorial page editor Nathan Crabbe will moderate the discussion.

Suggested questions may be sent to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There will also be an opportunity for audience questions at the event. The event is being sponsored by The Gainesville Sun and UF's Bob Graham Center for Public Service. It will be streamed live at http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.”

Photo above taken on the Silver River in Ocala Florida courtesy of www.wikimediacommons.com.

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Hearing Held this Week to Begin Implementing the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment 1

Hearing Held this Week to Begin Implementing the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment 1

The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee is holding a hearing this week regarding the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1).  Staff will present on implementation of the amendment, which passed in the November 2014 election with 75% of voters in favor of the measure.  The measure designates significant funds to conservation for the next 20 years.  Funding is drawn from an existing real estate tax.

Photo by Mark Long – courtesy of Florida’s Land and Water Legacy

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Tonight in Gainesville: Fragile Springs Forum

 

The Gainesville Sun is holding a forum on the condition of our region's natural springs and other issues involving water quality and quantity in our state. The Fragile Springs forum will be held March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. in Gainesville. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring Florida Springs Institute Director Robert Knight, Florida Farm Bureau Director of Government and Community Affairs Charles Shinn, Gainesville Regional Utilities Supervising Engineer Rick Hutton, Springs Eternal Project Co-director John Moran and Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director Ann Shortelle.

 

http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/event/gainesville-sun-fragile-springs-forum

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Gov. Rick Scott to Propose $55 Million Budget for Restoring Florida’s Springs

Gov. Rick Scott to Propose $55 Million Budget for Restoring Florida’s Springs

Florida’s governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday that he will propose $55 million in state funds for springs protection in the 2014-15 budget. This is double the funding that has been allocated to springs protection in any 3-year period since 2001.

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Springs Celebration/Chili Cookoff

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The 6th annual Springs Celebration and Chili Cookoff will be held Saturday, 3/23 at O'Leno State Park.  A canned food donation gets you in the gate.  Music, dance troupes, exhibits, springs awareness, and chili!

http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/EPD/WaterResources/GroundwaterAndSprings/Pages/Santa-Fe-River-Springs-Basin-Working-Group.aspx

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