DELTONA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites local governments, scientists, environmentalists, agricultural producers and other interested parties to a restoration plan development workshop for Volusia Blue Spring and Run.
WHAT: Meeting to Discuss Restoration Plan for Volusia Blue Spring and Run
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 @ 10 a.m. – noon
WHERE: Deltona Library and Environmental Center – Scrub Jay Auditorium
2150 Eustace Ave.
Deltona, FL 32725
“Florida’s springs are a valuable resource for the state and a priority for restoration,” said Tom Frick, director of DEP’s Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration.“ These meetings help ensure productive communication between affected parties, citizens and the department.”
At this meeting, representatives will discuss the hydrogeology of the Volusia Blue Spring basin and introduce the process for identifying and quantifying pollutant sources to the springshed. Volusia Blue, like many springs in Florida, is suffering from an excess of nutrient pollution, specifically nitrates. Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous are naturally present in surface waters and support aquatic plant and animal life. When excessive levels of nutrients are present however, rapid algal growth can occur and lead to a number of water quality complications including habitat smothering and oxygen depletion.
Volusia Blue is the largest spring on the St. John’s River and is a designated manatee refuge. The vent to this first-magnitude spring is also the entrance to an extensive underwater cave system. The spring system serves as the foundation for Blue Spring State Park, which hosts nearly 250,000 visitors each year and provides opportunities for camping, swimming, diving and canoeing. These activities are restricted in the winter to accommodate the large number of manatees taking refuge in the warmer spring water.
For more information on the restoration plan program, please click here.