The 10th Annual Springs Celebration (11-3) and Chili Cook Off (9-3) will be at O’Leno State Park on Saturday April 1st, 2017. It is free to get in the park with the donation of a can of food. Highlights include:
- Live music by the Weeds of Eden
- Water themed activities for the kids
- Chili tasting kits for $5
- Environmental exhibits
- Guided walks to the river sink
The purpose of the Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum is to create a forum in which professionals, government entities, and citizens can learn about and discuss issues and activities that can affect the quality and quantity of water in Poe, Ginnie, Hornsby and Gilchrist Blue Springs and their contributing areas in Alachua, Columbia, and Gilchrist Counties.
The Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group was founded in 1998 and was funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Springs Initiative from 2002 – 2010. The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department has been coordinating the Group since July 2010. In 2014 we began referring to the meetings as Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forums to accurately reflect the information sharing nature of the current meetings.
Springs Forums are normally held at least four times per year and are open to the public. At each meeting the participants report on activities that are underway relevant to springs in the region.
For a list of archived agendas and presentations from working group meetings and to see when the next meeting will be held, please visit the Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forums page on the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s website.