It is no secret that I have a deep adoration for the outdoors. This morning, one of my peers posted a link to an article warning panhandle residents of the looming threat that Nestle Water is in the process of developing plans to pump water from the Wacissa River and springs, which has great potential to deeply affect our relationship with the waters and the surrounding ecosystem. This will affect all adventurers, whether you’re kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing or just lazily floating down the river.
According to this article featured on Earth First! Newswire:
It is understood that they have pretty much depleted the spring they are pumping from in Madison and if they can not fulfill their quota of 1.6M gallons a day they will have to close the Madison Plant. Nestle’s intention is to pump 70 trucks a day from the springs. Each truck holds 6,500 gallons this is 455,000 gallons “A DAY”. Further the way they seek to permit this with the SRWMD by including with their existing permit it could potentially be 1,600,000 gallons “A DAY”.
Please follow the link to the original article to find out more information about methods of contacting local authorities to prevent these plans from coming to fruition. The site provides a list of phone numbers and e-mail contacts that everyone should take advantage of. This is one of those opportunities where we have the power to make our voices heard and make a difference.
If you aren’t familiar with the Wacissa River, I located some great photos from the Kayak Paddle Tales blog. I understand that many Florida State students haven’t had the opportunity to explore the Wacissa specifically, but keep in mind other nearby rivers like the Chipola River, which is the glorious river we all cruise down when we’re adventuring at Bear Paw.
While we’re on the subject of destroying a pristine natural environment for the sake of bottled water, let me remind you that bottled water is terrible for nature, and extremely wasteful. Invest in a BPA-free water bottle; you’d be astounded by how many places there are to fill up your bottle. Water fountains are everywhere, and you can make an enormous impact on your waste output by purchasing a single reusable bottle rather than putting hundreds of plastic bottles out into the environment.