Springs Protection Alliance
Silver Springs Drainage is overwhelmed by flow of energy from Sewer Dumping and Storm Sewer discharging within 100 mile radius.
Senator Alan Hays Calls for EPA to butt out of Florida Government. Representative Trudi Williams is set to stop the attempted EPA take over of Florida. Tenth Amendment Rights are at stake. We will solve our water issues on our own without tripling utility bills for Floridians.
Senator Charlie Dean addresses the need for jobs and solving age old utility pollution issues.
The Rainbow River: Water Quality Update - Chris Zajac, SWFWMD
Chris provided the group with an update on the results of water quality monitoring that his group
at the district regularly performs. He discussed methodologies used and results obtained.
Increased nitrates remain the principal threat and fertilize the growth of exotic species such as
Hydrilla more so than the native eel grasses. Nitrate concentrations now regularly hover around
2 mg/lt in water emerging from the vents of the Rainbow Springs Group. This nitrate level
represents about a 20 fold increase over the background levels (about 0.1 mg/lt or less) recorded
up until the 1960’s and still seen in springs of the Ocala Forest where human influenced land
uses are minimal.
Note Chris Zajac of SWFWMD has documented the effect of the Kanapaha Sewer Dumping by keying in to the suspected Utility Dumping of Sewer Effluent.
The Florida Water Czar salutes Chirs Zajac as an Environmental Water Hero
Read the report showing Alachua discharge to the aquifer. Keep in mind that this report authorizes discharge of pollutants into a sink hole leading to Silver Springs. See page 10 for the nitrate standard that is Narrative in nature.
Springs Protection .Com report on the Alachua to Marion County pollution discharge problem.
It is our belief that there is little if any hope of success for Springs Protection in the near future. It appears that the FDEP has developed a bogus scale to measure the input from utilities that is little more than a shell game. Actually, it appears to be intentionally misleading.
FDEP appears to be using public relations double talk, to mislead the public, as the central thrust of Springs Protection. There appears to be no attempt to reduce nitrogen discharged into our springs.
The public relations efforts, do help confuse the public about the prime sources of nitrates. FDEP does not have a nitrogen standard to measure the dumping of hundreds of utilities across the State of Florida.(2) Parts per million is used for Springs, while an obscure ratio of nitrogen to Phosphorus is used to measure the discharge from utilities that can be several hundred times the level for nitrogen now in our springs.( 1)
Often, Growth reduction is the goal of environmental efforts by FDEP, DCA Water Management District, and Local County, City Utilities. Growth out side the urban service area is used to dump effluent into the aquifer. The ratio of urban to rural populations are kept from growing in favor of rural areas. One man, one vote is the reason.
Cities are left with dwindling wealth and crumbling infrastructure, while suburban areas are prosperous and politically powerful.
Extreme examples like the villages in Central Florida are a dramatic example of success both environmentally, politically, and economically. DCA and FDEP use sprawl and over development to describe these successes. As areas like the Villages become more successful and politically seasoned, they are embraced by FDEP and DCA.
Because there is no standard for nitrogen in Florida, total daily maximum load is what ever FDEP approves.TDML of nitrate, any program to measure nitrates is little more than a scam. Measuring the ratio of nitrogen and p
FDEP can approve almost any dumping by a utility because the standard is Narrative Only. FDEP explains away the polluted lakes because Florida’s current nutrient criterion is narrative only.
FDEP felt a nutrient-related target was needed to represent levels at which an imbalance in flora or fauna is expected to occur.
Note: A standard was switched to a target, and the target became a TSI or a goofy measure of chlorophyll and nitrogen phosphorus ratio that could be just about anything from 30 to 60 on this special scale. See below the scale and system.2
Below is an example of the misleading program where a multitude of hot point sources discharge nitrite rich effluent into the aquifer. Kanapaha Sewer Plant pumps millions of gallons of sewer waste daily into the limestone pipeline underground, as the U.S. Geologic Survey calls the underground pipeline to the springs and drinking water wells of Marion County just down stream. (2)
Called the "Alachua Sink", the sink hole in Paynes Prairie is actually the Alachua Dump for the City of Gainesville. An actual concrete channel discharges waste every day of the year from industrial and sewer plants. The city found an approved way to channel waste into the aquifer.
Alert! What Happened to Springs Protection that we pay FDEP $16,000,000 annually to keep our springs algae free when they are the polluter ? FDEP is the actual polluter of the springs. How Dumb are we to allow FDEP to collect money as the controller of the pollution? We feel that if FDEP approves the dumping, they are in control and the actual polluter.
Should we blame FDEP for 1 part per million nitrates when they allow Gainesville to dump nitrates into the limestone pipeline directly to Silver and Rainbow Springs?
At what point would it be a good idea to stop funding our environmental police? According to
Check out this official FDEP report on dumping into the Alachua Sink Hole.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Division of Water Resource Management, Bureau of Watershed Management
NORTHEAST DISTRICT • OCKLAWAHA BASIN
Nutrient TMDL for Alachua Sink,
Florida Department of Environmental approves of the Springs Protection practice of allowing, a wastewater facility and one industrial wastewater facility are permitted to discharge effluent to
Sweetwater Creek, which is connected to Alachua Sink via a canal. Springs Protection problem is 1.0 parts per million or 1.00 milligrams per liter (mg/L).
Just up stream FDEP dumps into the limestone pipeline 4.33 milligrams per liter (mg/L) Very little if any cleaning takes place while the contaminated water is in solution. How will FDEP ever lower the springs nitrates when they input 400 times as much as is the current problematic amount of nitrate in springs?
FDEP discharges 4.33 milligrams per liter (mg/L)
Myth: More laws and regulation is needed to keep the Aquifer and Springs from becoming polluted to above the current 1.0 mg/L of Nitrate causing algae growth.
Fact: Cities have strong lobbying influence on our environmental police (FDEP) and the Legislature. City utilities are allowed to dump directly into the Aquifer, even using Sink Holes as drains.
Below is the DEP report on the City of Gainesville where the greatest concentration of Environmental Consultants receive Ph.d's through the Environmental Program of the University of Florida writes the Best Management Practices we increasingly must follow as law.
The increased urbanization of the nearby city of Gainesville has contributed pollutants through
atmospheric deposition, storm-water runoff, and point source discharges. One domestic
wastewater facility and one industrial wastewater facility are permitted to discharge effluent to
Sweet-water Creek, which is connected to Alachua Sink via a canal. Septic tanks used in less
developed parts of Alachua Sink’s drainage may also be contributing pollutants to Alachua Sink
via tributaries to Paynes Prairie.