Sweetwater Wetlands Park and the Proposed Groundwater Recharge Wetland
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 6
speaker Debbie Segal
President, Alachua Audubon Society

The ecological, recreational, and ecotourism benefits of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Sweetwater Wetlands Park are wide-ranging and represent a triple crown winner for water quality, wildlife, and visitors. Because of Sweetwater’s many community-wide benefits, GRU has decided to construct a second treatment wetland, on the west side of Gainesville.

This new Groundwater Recharge Wetland will be designed to recharge the Floridan aquifer with cleaner water. Learn how Sweetwater Wetlands Park and other constructed treatment wetlands successfully and inconspicuously clean water bodies while attracting an abundant and diverse bird population.

Wetland Preserve near Rice Creek, Palatka, FL
Saturday, FEBRUARY 24

Join us for an agri-tour of Wetland Preserve, LLC, a private conservation property adjacent to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 4500 acre Rice Creek Conservation Area. Wetland Preserve combines silviculture with preservation of our natural Florida and educational outreach. Wetland Preserve’s primary parcel consists of over 3,800 acres, all of which is protected by a Florida Forever conservation easement and also falls within the O2O wildlife corridor.

We will be in the field for 2-3 hours and using our feet as well as open-air buggies on this tour which will combine birding with learning how tree farming can be combined with conservation.

Difficulty Level 2: Open-air buggies and 0-1 miles walking on some rough ground Time and location details will be provided a few days prior to field trip date. Restrooms are available at this location

15 person maximum
To reserve your spot email
Laura Berkelman

Sallie Carlock

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Santa Fe Audubon Society concern for conserving and protecting the natural environment is expressed through involvement in regional water issues. Many fresh water lakes, rivers and springs in north Florida are in low level or low flow conditions because of excessive aquifer pumping combined with rainfall deficits. The lowered aquifer pressures resulting from this excessive pumping are also allowing salt water intrusion to develop on wells and springs near coastlines. To protect these natural systems from such deleterious anthropogenic impacts, we support and encourage water conservation and development of alternate water supplies.

Santa Fe Audubon Society Directors participate as Steering Team members on the North Florida and Southeast Georgia Regional Groundwater Model Development Steering Team assisting the St Johns River Water Management District, Suwannee River Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the development of a science based tool to assist regional water planning.

Santa Fe Audubon Society Directors participate as stakeholders in Clay-Putnam Minimum Flows and Levels Protection/Recovery Strategy Technical Work Group developing recovery strategies for Lake Geneva and Brooklyn Lake in Clay County and for Cowpen Lake in Putnam County, along with protection strategies for Lake Grandin in Putnam County.

Santa Fe Audubon Society maintains communication or participation with North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership, North Florida Regional Aquifer Replenishment Initiative, FLOW, LAWA, and other local and regional efforts, as well as meeting with regional water users to encourage water conservation.

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