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  • Governor Graham makes urgent appeal - Save Silver and Rainbow Springs
    is to protect and restore Florida s imperiled waterways and will include important public statements by FCC leaders educational presentations nature exhibits outdoor activities and live music Find information HERE Here s the letter in full June 18 2012 Governor Rick Scott Plaza Level 05 The Capitol 400 South Monroe Street Tallahassee Florida 32399 0001 Re Two Florida Signature Spring and River Systems Silver Springs and River and Rainbow Springs in urgent need of your immediate attention Dear Governor Scott As members of the Florida Conservation Coalition we are writing to ask for your leadership and assistance in protecting Florida s freshwater resources Springs rivers lakes and groundwater throughout the state are suffering from dangerously low levels and unhealthy water quality conditions As Floridians all of us have the responsibility to do everything within our power and ability to protect and restore these natural resources that are so critical and inextricably linked to our health quality of life and economy Two of Florida s signature spring and river systems Silver Springs and River and Rainbow Springs and River are in urgent need of your immediate attention and decisive action Dramatic declines in the water flow and quality of these two first magnitude spring systems in Marion County have been scientifically documented confirming that current programs administered by state regional and local government are simply inadequate to protect and restore the health of these valuable aquatic resources We believe these two springs and rivers can be saved and by focusing now on their restoration effective tools and strategies can be developed to address and resolve the pollution and flow problems impacting springs and other waterways throughout the state Accordingly we are requesting that you direct the Department of Economic Opportunity with assistance from other appropriate state agencies to assess and report to you within the next six months on the feasibility of establishing a Resource Planning and Management Committee under Section 380 045 F S which could harness the power of public and private stakeholders to develop a plan to correct the problems Another alternative is to use the model of the stakeholder task force process that led to the passage of the Wekiva River Protection Act Section 369 301 369 309 F S in 1988 and the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act 369 314 369 324 F S in 2004 These approaches succeeded in protecting a river while accommodating expanding urban development in the Orlando area and formulation of a plan for a needed new highway The Executive Orders issued by Governors Martinez and Bush establishing these task forces are worthy of examination by your staff The State St Johns River and Southwest Florida Water Management Districts and Marion County have expended considerable effort and resources in the Silver and Rainbow Springs and Rivers watersheds Yet these efforts have failed to protect or restore these valuable resources Minimum flows and levels and total maximum daily loads have not been established and recommendations of DEP s Florida Springs Task Force have

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  • Help Save Silver Springs
    Save Silver Springs Date 06 20 2012 June 23 Hear former U S Senator Bob Graham and State Senator Lee Constantine speak at Florida s Springs and Waterways Protection Summit in Ocala The Silver Springs Alliance SSA announced that a major public presentation on the urgent need to protect Florida s imperiled springs and waters will take place June 23 2012 at Silver Springs State Park located at 1425 N E 58 th Ave Ocala Headlining the Speak Up for Florida s Waters event are former U S Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham and State Senator Lee Constantine They along with springs scientist Dr Bob Knight former Chief Biologist for the Florida State Park System Jim Stevenson and Florida outdoors photographer John Moran will focus on the numerous threats facing Florida s waters The summit which begins at 10 00 am and ends at 4 00 pm is free to the public This is a call to action SSA vice president Natalie Lyons said Now is the time to stand up and speak out for our waterways or we ll end up losing them forever Speak Up for Florida s Waters is sponsored by Silver Springs Alliance Florida Springs Institute Florida Conservation Coalition St Johns Riverkeeper Silver River Museum Marion County Springs Festival and other water conscious organizations It s the most important springs event of the year said Dr Bob Knight a springs expert and advisor to state and federal environmental agencies It will provide an opportunity for an empowered public to demand significant changes to the state s water management practices According to Knight Silver Springs is already threatened by dangerously high levels of nitrates and over pumping of groundwater in its 1 200 square miles of water recharge area in North Central Florida However Silver Springs

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  • Special Event for Silver Springs and Florida's Waters
    News You can find it here Press Releases FWF Activities Florida News Blog Social Media Florida Fish Wildlife News Publication How to Help Support Us Membership Sweepstakes FWF Partners Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund Special Event for Silver Springs and Florida s Waters Date 06 07 2012 Hosted by Florida Conservation

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  • COALITION PARTNERS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF RESTORE ACT IN TAMPA
    Horizon disaster to restoring Florida and the Gulf Coast s environment and economy With the passage of the RESTORE Act we can begin investing in and renewing Florida s Gulf Coast environment and economic health said Manley Fuller president of the Florida Wildlife Federation This legislation helps preserve Florida s 32 billion tourism industry and more than 108 000 seafood industry related jobs It is critically important to dedicate these funds to lasting and sustainable restoration of the Gulf Coast our shorelines and coastal watersheds that will benefit recreational and commercial fishing On behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation we applaud Senator Bill Nelson and his outstanding staff the other conferees and cosponsors for seeing this critical legislation to the finish line The RESTORE Act will ensure that penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the disaster are dedicated to restoration projects that will rebuild the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast In addition to restoring ecosystems and communities a recent report by Mather Economics estimates that spending 1 5 billion per year in coastal wetland restoration would create 57 000 new jobs in the first 10 years Funding for such projects will be made possible through the RESTORE Act These jobs will not only rejuvenate an ailing economy but also revitalize our valuable natural resources Senator Nelson s RESTORE Act brings BP oil spill penalties back to Florida to help our coastal habitats and communities We are grateful that Nelson got the bill passed and got the job done said Eric Draper executive director of Audubon Florida Now that the RESTORE Act has passed we can get to work identifying and implementing projects to restore marine resources and coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico said David White director of the National Wildlife Federation s Gulf of

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  • COALITION PARTNERS JOIN SENATOR BILL NELSON TO DISCUSS RESTORE ACT
    RESTORE ACT Date 07 13 2012 Recently signed into law the RESTORE Act will help rebuild the Gulf Region s ecosystems and economy Florida s leading conservation advocacy organizations are coming together with U S Senator Bill Nelson in Tampa Monday to talk about the RESTORE Act which recently passed Congress as part of the Transportation Bill and was signed into law by the President Nelson and representatives from Florida Audubon Florida Wildlife Federation The Nature Conservancy and others will talk about what RESTORE could mean for Florida and the next steps in implementing this law WHAT Press Conference on the RESTORE Act and its impact on restoration efforts in the Gulf WHEN Monday July 16 2012 11 00 a m ET WHERE The Florida Aquarium 701 Channelside Drive Tampa FL 33602 813 273 4000 WHO The Honorable Bill Nelson U S Senator State of Florida Manley Fuller President Florida Wildlife Federation Julie Wraithmell Director of Wildlife Conservation Audubon Florida Jenny Conner Nelms Director of Federal Gov t Relations The Nature Conservancy BACKGROUND The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster to restoring the Gulf Coast s environment and economy Florida will receive a share of these funds estimated to be the largest environmental appropriation in U S history In addition to restoring ecosystems and communities a recent report by Mather Economics estimates that spending 1 5 billion per year in coastal wetland restoration would create 57 000 new jobs in the first 10 years Funding for such projects will be made possible through the RESTORE Act These jobs will not only rejuvenate an ailing economy but also revitalize our valuable natural resources If you would like to attend please contact Jay Liles at

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  • COALITION PARTNERS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF RESTORE ACT
    responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to restoring Florida and the Gulf Coast s environment and economy With the passage of the RESTORE Act we can begin investing in and renewing Florida s Gulf Coast environment and economic health said Manley Fuller President of the Florida Wildlife Federation This legislation helps preserve Florida s 32 billion tourism industry and more than 108 000 seafood industry related jobs It is critically important to dedicate these funds to lasting and sustainable restoration of the Gulf Coast our shorelines and coastal watersheds that will benefit recreational and commercial fishing On behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation we applaud Senator Bill Nelson and his outstanding staff the other conferees and cosponsors for seeing this critical legislation to the finish line The RESTORE Act will ensure that penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the disaster are dedicated to restoration projects that will rebuild the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast In addition to restoring ecosystems and communities a recent report by Mather Economics estimates that spending 1 5 billion per year in coastal wetland restoration would create 57 000 new jobs in the first 10 years Funding for such projects will be made possible through the RESTORE Act These jobs will not only rejuvenate an ailing economy but also revitalize our valuable natural resources Senator Nelson s RESTORE Act brings BP oil spill penalties back to Florida to help our coastal habitats and communities We are grateful that Nelson got the bill passed and got the job done said Eric Draper Executive Director of Audubon Florida Now that the RESTORE Act has passed we can get to work identifying and implementing projects to restore marine resources and coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico said David White Director of the National

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  • FWF Conservation Update- Congress set to pass historic RESTORE Act
    News Blog Social Media Florida Fish Wildlife News Publication How to Help Support Us Membership Sweepstakes FWF Partners Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund FWF Conservation Update Congress set to pass historic RESTORE Act Date 06 28 2012 FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION CONSERVATION UPDATE Congress set to pass historic RESTORE Act With just a few days remaining to act the US Congress has agreed to support the federal Transportation Bill which includes the RESTORE Act The RESTORE Act provides that 80 of Clean Water Act fines to be paid by BP and others for the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 will go to the five Gulf states Without this Act all fine monies would have gone into the federal treasury While not completely what the Federation had wished for the final language of the RESTORE Act will provide historic funding for ecological restoration and protection in the Gulf especially Florida Unfortunately the Land and Water Fund LWCF allocation previously called for in the RESTORE act and which had passed in Senate was not agreed to by the House membership We look forward to

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  • Letter to the Editor: RESTORE Act
    your region Looking for FWF s Latest News You can find it here Press Releases FWF Activities Florida News Blog Social Media Florida Fish Wildlife News Publication How to Help Support Us Membership Sweepstakes FWF Partners Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund Letter to the Editor RESTORE Act Date 05 07 2012 May 4 2012 Dear Editor It is disappointing to see how some elected officials in Florida are turning the pending RESTORE Act legislation into nothing but another election year fight This federal Act requires the majority of fine money collected from BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster to go directly to Florida and other affected Gulf states It is a sensible and equitable approach The U S Senate passed the RESTORE Act two months ago by a vote of 76 22 and with wide bi partisan support But according to some newspaper accounts some in Congress are jeopardizing the chances for the bill s final success with political posturing In the form passed overwhelmingly by the Senate the RESTORE Act could be a major part of the long

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