Springs Protection Alliance
Meet Environmental Artist and Author, Don Browning.
Don is CEO and Editor of Springs Protection . Com.
A graduate of Central Missouri State College, Don joined the U.S. Navy 50 years ago on November 20, 1959 and served 4 years in California and in the Far East. Two and one half years in Japan was an important starting point for Don's Art and Education perspective.
A noted artist, Don currently is a member of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the Marion Cultural Alliance Board.
Involved in Arts and Education, Don served on The Florida Juvenile Justice Board.
Member of Aquifer Springs Task Force, Marion County Florida
Many Environmental Awards and service on the Marion County Aquifer, Springs Task Force has helped Don gain an understanding of Springs Pollution issues.
Current involvement with the Gammons Foundation covers Education and Art outreach. Don is Team Leader and founder of Tomorrow's Astronauts Educational Program.
Saving The Rookery in Sunset Harbor on Lake Weir was a long challenge for Don. Several documentaries resulted from the
Successful Effort on behalf of the Wading Birds of Marion County.
From the Blog to warn of Estrogen in Marion County Sewer Discharge Water from Alachua County Kanapaha sewer plant. See Provo example.
State Defends Utility Discharge of Waste Water into Drinking Water Aquifer
When Sewer Plants discharge effluent into the Aquifer it is a good thing, or so says FDEP and the Water Districts.
St Johns Water District Scientist are no longer ignoring the Number One source of nitrates entering our Aquifers.
Asked if the State Water models were dependent on Sewer Effluent and Storm Water Discharge to keep the water table up, Scientist David Hornsby answered yes. We now include Sewer discharge and Storm-water Discharge as beneficial recharge. Because discharge is in the 10 parts per million range and still qualifies as "Drinking Water Quality", our springs are now going to be hopelessly choked with Algae.
It seems the current Algae Problem is caused by 1 part per million of nitrogen, so it stands to reason that we are in for a lot of explaining from FDEP and St Johns Water District for the permitting of Sink hole, Drainage Well, and Sewer Effluent Utility Discharge.
Legislators are now off the hook for new springs protection funds because of the Utility Sources of Daily Discharge allowed by St Johns, and FDEP permitting.
Senator Dean will be in town this week to check out the discharge from Drainage Wells and Sink holes into the Aquifer leading to Silver Springs. After this tour by the Utility Authorities future trips will very likely up set the group of senators if they are not shown the real discharge points.
A lot of citizens and legislators are working to Fix Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs. We will win this battle because the benefits of a cleaner Springs are more important than the few dollars saved by shortcuts by the Utilities.
Estrogen is the big concern for Marion County Residents. Many locations around the world have experienced problems. Reports are clear as to the humans ingesting human hormones from sewer discharge. Testosterone does not seem to be as big a problem. A few extra whiskers are the usual result from drinking water contaminated with Human Male Hormones. It is the impact on wildlife such as the shortening of Sexual Organs in bull alligators that has lots of people worried.
Cocktails of pharmaceuticals is also a major issue. Citizens are asking just how beneficial sewer recharge is if we don't know the outcome that is likely.
Read the Scientific reports warning problems with Sewer Trace Elements before you drink too much water down stream from the Alachua Kanapaha plant. Science is clear that the Floridan Aquifer flows from north of Florida down to the Florida Keys and beyond. Kanapaha if just up stream from the great County of Marion.
Hopefully we will solve this problem while we can.
Team Conservation is currently researching filters that will help remove some of these harmful contaminates.
We will keep you informed.
Your Florida Water Czar,