Springs Protection Alliance
Gainesville Florida Doctors debate the possible benefits and problems for those drinking their own urine, or the urine of others.
Following the addition of Gainesville's sewer plant that dumps 10,000,000 gallons of processed human waste daily into the aquifer, nitrates spiked at Silver, Rainbow, and other regional springs. Known as the Environmental Capital of the USA Gainesville confuses the public with special terms like, Kanapaha's Sub Aqueous Discharge Diffusion Facility, or Beneficial Recharge to describe dumping waste water into the drinking water directly below the sewer plant. Now even the Ocala Star Banner is calling a halt to sewer discharge into the aquifer just up stream from Silver and Rainbow Springs. Water Czar Bob Burton declares, "urine into drinking water is the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak".
Note how Gainesville has been caught red handed by the increase of algae growth in our springs. They hate to be put in the spot light but it is difficult to stop legislators and the Governor.
Complete revision of water districts and a review of pollution practices should come but the most important thing is that we now know that it is not us the public who can fix springs.
Simple discharge on pastures like the Adena Springs Cattle Project could do a great favor to all Floridians.
Springs Protection Spin by Governmental Groups is slowly coming under a legislative spotlight as the representatives of the people slow their old role of "representative of the Government". The Government is a monopoly and doesn't need representation. The idea of "public information" is losing credibility as the full story, not a special spin version is developed to protect government.
How you can help keep the Springs Read how it is written to blame people and shelter utilities and cities from blame.
Whether you live one mile or 10 miles from a Florida spring or better yet a sewage plant like Gainesville's Kanapaha, you have an impact on the health of the aquifer and the springs. Learn about the steps you can take today to help protect springs. Remember, if you are on a Utility Sewage System every flush will send nutrients to the springs in just a little over a week. Kanapaha Sewer Plant contributes 10 million gallons of sewer effluent daily to our Aquifer and Springs.
Protecting Florida's springs is everyone's job. Each of us can play a role by helping reduce groundwater pollution by asking Authorities to use Kanapaha's Sewer Effluent on pastures like the Adena Cattle Pasture operation.
Protecting springs begins at home with simple steps like Taking Control of Sewer Plant Dumping programs, encouraging the use of pasture landscaping with native plants and reducing or eliminating use of fertilizers in the sewage disposal pastures. You can also take action to support local land planning initiatives designed to protect springs by reducing City growth. What some call Sprawl is actual the spreading of nutrients out across the landscape. Cities it turns out are like concentrated Cattle Feed Lots. Too much sewage in one place that then needs to be discharged into our drinking water Aquifer and finally discharged in our Springs.
Browning Media group affiliates are focusing on solutions. Redrawing the maps of information to get to the actual story that had been covered up by official government Public Relations Officers. Water and Springs Protection is a great place to start because of the many past abuses.
What would the public call a Sewer Effluent Drain Pipe? You might say a disposal drain, a pollution problem or a crime.
What does the government call a Sewer Drain to the Aquifer or a Water Body?
Try a Beneficial Outfall. Yes folks you have to understand how we are misinformed inorder to understand the fraud of governmental utilities. Ocala for example calls its shallow drainage of Storm Sewer runoff from lawns and streets Beneficial Outfalls.
The idea of an Ocala Drainage Well is connecting the storm sewer to Silver Springs without paying for sewer pipe. Underground streams carry Acid Rain directly through the limestone under Ocala and dump out at Silver Springs. Some might term an Ocala Beneficial Outfall, as a Cruddy, Sinkhole building, Springs Polluting, cheap way to discharge unwanted storm water to the Silver River without looking like you are a major polluter.
Try Orlando's Rapid Drainage Wells, 50 million gallons go into the shallow, (under 50 feet down) Aquifer to spill out into Wekiva Springs and grow algae. Of course Ways to Protect our Springs never mentions this. The web page by FDEP implies that a Sewer Fairy somehow takes bad peoples lawn fertilizer down to our springs.
Try City Discharge into the St Johns of Sewage Waste. First there is a qualifier, the word "processed Sewer Effulent" is used to make things seem drinkable, then the sewages is pumped under water and oxygen is supplied to keep it breathing, this Dumping, is termed Sub Aquieous Defusion. Sub Aqueous Defusion Discharge sounds pretty beneficial but it is "dumping sewage underwater". Then the FDEP web site goes on to say If the people are just a little more careful our springs and rivers would be protected"!
Go to DEP's Life in a Spring, Protecting Nature's Gems. Read the spin then see how it should have been writen.
Life in a Spring
Wilderness in Abundance (With a little help from our editors)
For tens of thousands of years, Florida's springs have been hot-spots of biological diversity. Based on fossils discovered during the past century, we know that the spring ecosystem once provided water, food, and habitat for many of North America's most spectacular animals including the mastodon, the saber-toothed tiger and the giant sloth. Today Algae is the species most supported. Sewage has been found to benefit photosynthesis of Algae Species in a most natural way. Sewage is abundant in Urban Cities and Environmental Center Gainesville Florida is known as the Sewage Sub Aqueous Diffusion Disposal capital of Central Florida. The Gainesville Kanapaha Sewer Plant alone contributes 10 million Gallons of Sewer Waste Daily. How about that for commitment?
Today, what makes a spring so remarkable is that it is one of the only natural areas in the state that can be used to discharge sewage to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and you can encounter so many of Florida's resident plants and animals in one geographic area in pictures. A single visit to a spring can reveal pictures of species like the Manatee, American Alligator, River Otter, and Limpkin that once lived in the springs and, beneath the surface, underwater natives like the secretive Greater Siren, the Loggerhead Musk Turtle, and Florida Gar can be seen mostly in pictures as these species do not thrive well in sewer rich water. At certain springs, many of these species can be seen right from the nature trail picture gallery along the spring run exhibit! A few of the higher order species still live and have adopted to the nutrient rich waters that flow from nearby sewer plants Sub Aqueous discharge points and Beneficial Discharge Outfalls of cities. See Gainesville's popular Kanapaha Sewer Plant and take the tour of Ocala's Beneficial Outfall system that provide needed nitrates to growing Algae Species thriving in Silver and Rainbow Springs.
Clean, clear water that once could be seen flowing from the aquifer at a constant temperature are the essential ingredients that support the variety of Algae life found in and around Central Florida's springs. Explore below to meet some of the most common inhabitants of springs in past years that have now given way to world class Sewage Algae Species in the Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family Genius and species of some of the world's most exotic Algae examples. Remember it has taken over 3 generations to bring our springs to their current state, do what you can to protect our natural treasured window to the Aquifer and back up the sewer pipe. The system of Beneficial Sub Aqueous Sewer Defussion is all natural, do your best to keep it that way! Remember only you can operate a Sewer Plant.
Second Place: goes to Ocala's Beneficial Storm Sewer System of 28 shallow sub Aqueous Diffusion discharge Outfalls.
First Place: Gainesville's Kanapaha Sewer Plant that feeds several springs, wins the top honor for the Most Beneficial Sewer Discharge volume and nutrient richness. 10 million gallons is not the largest but the load of nutrients is richest and the volume is consistant as shown by the record levels of Algae represented in the Silver Springs Algae exhibit that can be seen by glass bottom boat or by tube travel up close and personal if you like floating in the discharge of a leading sewer plant.