Continuation of Fanning & Manatee Springs and Volusia-Blue Spring Working Groups
   Carol Lippincott, Lippincott Consulting, LLC

Abstract: The Goal of this project is to support spring protection through stakeholder coordination and collaboration. The project has five main objectives: 1) Coordinate four quarterly meetings to inform stakeholders (local governments and citizens as well as organizations and agencies) about threats degrading the springs, including threats to flora and fauna in the springs and spring runs. 2) Identify, develop, and begin implementing two proactive, cooperative, non-regulatory projects to protect flowing waters, including ground and surface water, to each spring, and maintain/restore ecological diversity including fish and wildlife diversity. 3) Develop rapport and trust with community, business, and agency leaders and work with them to implement actions that will protect and restore springs. 4) Increase awareness of spring basin issues and support spring protection activities at state parks. 5) Develop a conceptual plan for each spring that outlines management actions needed to sufficiently protect the quantity and quality of ground water flowing to the springs and habitats for spring fish and wildlife. This project will provide coordination of eight spring working group meetings - four for Fanning & Manatee Springs and four for Volusia-Blue Spring - by Carol Lippincott, Ph.D. The project builds on momentum generated by the first three years of coordination of these two spring working groups. Success depends on active participation and collaboration among stakeholders. Benefits of cooperative partnering include improving knowledge of threats to the springs, sharing resources including funds and expertise, and identifying and implementing projects that maintain/restore ecological diversity for spring flora and fauna.

Award Matching Funds Total
$55,000.00 $55,000.00 $110,000.00

Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2009 10/1/2010 12/31/2011

Location: Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Volusia Counties