SWFWMD Improves The Canoe Launch to Help Reduce Pollutants.
The District is restoring an area of the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park canoe launch. The restored area will benefit the Weeki Wachee spring system by reducing stormwater pollutants and sediment loading entering the Weeki Wachee River.
Source: Southwest Florida Water Management District
Exploration of the cave system below Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County. Divers Brett Hemphill and Matt Vinzant explore the cave system to locate a possible connection to other springs such as the well-known Hospital Hole on the Weeki Wachee River.
Entry to the cave system is made at Twin D’s, located 0.5 mile southwest of the main spring. Continue reading Weeki Wachee Cave Diving→
Hernando County has a “black out period” from January 1st thru March 31st in which lawns may not be fertilized.
This local ordinance came about as a measure to protect the Weeki Wachee River. As this waterway’s watershed extends to a large part of the county, run-off will greatly affect the quality of its water.
Currently, the Weeki Wachee River exceeds its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nitrates. The source of that can be found in the over-application of fertilizers. This results in excessive algae growth and can ultimately lead to lower oxygen levels in the water and potential fish-kill.
This river is dear to us locals and complying with the ordinance is a simple way to improve our environment and secure a better future for this unique spring-fed river.
This is the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project, and it helps fuel the National Audubon Society’s science throughout the year.
Volunteers throughout the United States participate. Our local chapter has participated for many years. Continue reading 117th Christmas Bird Count→
Following a brief talk about the Preserve and the needed work, volunteers will assist in clearing a new hiking trail. Work will be completed by noon.
An optional guided nature walk will be offered following completion of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Continue reading Clearing A Hiking Trail→
The Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be sponsoring a Native Plant Sale, Exhibit and Tour at Chinsegut Hill on Saturday, September 24, 2016. This is free family-friendly fun for citizens of Hernando county and visitors to the area.
The Florida Native Plant Sale will feature plants suitable for fall planting from Rita Grant, Rick McDonnell from Hickory Hill, and David Barnard, Cypress Acres Nursery.
Information about invasive exotics plant removal, gardening tips, Florida-friendly landscaping practices and more will be available.
Tours of the Chinsegut Hill grounds beneath the live oaks and magnolias will be given from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Manor House Tours are also available and are $5 per person.