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MAY 31 – Weeki Wachee Springs Cleanup

The Rotary Clubs of Spring Hill and Brooksville will have a lyngbya cleanup on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
Volunteers are needed for this community effort to get rid of the algae from the water. Special rakes are used to remove the algae in a careful manner. Each rake full of lyngbya helps clean the water of pollutants. Lyngbya is an algae that can cause serious damage to the springs and its inhabitants. It interferes with fishing, boating, swimming and the health of manatees and other aquatic life.
The cleanup will last about two hours. For information about the project, contact Doug Brainard at (352) 442-1156 or [email protected]

Chassahowitzka Clean Up

Chassahowitzka Springs, like Weeki Wachee Springs, is one of thirty-three first-magnitude springs in Florida. Many of these springs suffer from decades of ever increasing pollution from fertilizers, chemicals and leaking septic systems, that flow into these environmentally sensitive areas. This accumulation impacts the quality of the water and encourages plants like the lyngbya algae to overtake native species such as the useful eel grass.

lyngbya algaeA state-funded five-month cleanup program removed approx. 3000 cubic yards of sediments during the 2013 summer season from the 25 feet deep springs. The manatee that feed in the Chassahowitzka Springs during the colder winter months, can expect crystal clear water and an abundant supply of the replanted eel grasses, they like so much.

Weeki Wachee Springs cleanupSimilar attempts are going on regularly in Weeki Wachee Springs, where volunteers get rid of the invasive lyngbya algae with rakes.