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Take Action: Defend Florida’s Iconic Silver Springs

posted on April 13, 2012 in FL Special Places,State Government,Water Issues

Silver Springs, an iconic symbol of natural Florida and a nationally known tourist destination since the mid-1800s, could become the next Florida springs casualty.

The St. Johns River Water Management District is in the early stages of evaluating permit applications submitted by Adena Springs Ranch. Developers want to turn 30,000 acres of relatively undisturbed springshed land into a dense “cattle finishing” operation and slaughterhouse. The size of this project is approximately the same acreage as the City of Ocala. Further, the 13.2 million gallons of water this massive industrial cattle operation wants to draw from the aquifer near Silver Springs is just about the same as the water use for all of the existing development in Ocala.

With flow down by more than 50% over historic amounts and nutrients feeding the growth of algae, the system is alreadydangerously compromisedTake Action: urge Governor Rick Scott and the members of the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Management District to deny permits related to the Adena Springs Ranch project

Please click here to learn more about this important issue and learn how you can help defend this iconic natural area.


  1. I have trouble protesting this cattle ranch. I realize he has put in for a huge water use permit and the cow poo is another issue but unless you can get the state to buy this property you always run the risk of houses. We also have to remember the Federal government just sold parts of the Ocala National Forest. If they were to put in developments how much water would they use plus the pollutation from all the septic tanks, lawns and streets. Not to mention the total lose of habitat. At least with the cattle he is going to leave a percent of the land in trees which will be habitat for the animals. You know me I come from that farm cattle group. People sometimes forget that before the land explosion in the 1900’s Florida was farming and cattle. I fought hard to stop Cold Springs Village north of Dunnellon and I’m sure the only thing that stopped it was the developers died. Now it is farming and cattle which is much better than houses. I helped in the fight to stop the landfill on some of the same property that the cattle will roam. I’ve been squaking long and hard to stop development in Florida. I had a tee shirt made once that stated “Save Florida bulldoze a development.” Okay I’ll climb down off my stool.

    Comment by Nancy — April 14, 2012 @ 10:25 am

  2. regarding the comment by nancy above: i understand your concern, but i do not think anyone runs the risk of a housing development project the size of ocala, with the same environmental impact and resource consumption that this project would have.

    Comment by ralph — April 15, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

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