Save our Springs and Rivers

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The Save our Springs and Rivers initiative will directly address the issues in the Volusia Blue Spring BMAP, as it will focus on the causes and effects of nitrogen in the springs.  Blue Spring has been verified by the state as impaired for nitrate, and the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) identifies the primary sources of nitrogen loading as septic tank discharge (~54%) and urban fertilizers (~22%).

During the next three years, Volusia County and our partners will host outreach and education workshops and classes designed to inform residents about threats to Florida springs and rivers as well as actions to reduce those threats.

This initiative, funded through the United States Environmental Protection Agency, specifically focuses on the reduction of septic tank nutrient discharge and fertilizer contamination into the groundwater, which accounts for 75% of the groundwater pollution affecting Blue Spring.

Low-Impact Development Workshops: Free and Open to the Public
Audience: Elected officials, residents, builders, city planners and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. 

Upcoming workshops:

November 14, 2018
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Avenue, Deltona, FL 32725
Agenda to follow)

Past workshops:

September 20, 2018
Topic: Green Infrastructure
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Avenue, Deltona, FL 32725

Green Infrastructure, a Low-Impact Development strategy, incorporates nature into built environments to prevent flooding, remove pollution from stormwater on site and benefit people and wildlife. Polluted stormwater is a threat to rivers, the drinking water aquifer and springs. Join local experts as they discuss this topic and share examples of projects that can be used in our community.

August 1, 2018
Location: Lyonia Environmental Center
2150 Eustace Avenue, Deltona, FL 32725

Polluted stormwater is a threat to rivers, the aquifer, and springs. Join local experts in the discussion of how Low-Impact Development (LID) practices can keep stormwater on site, remove pollutants, prevent flooding, and benefit wildlife.

LID is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. LID employs principles such as preserving and recreating natural landscape features, minimizing effective imperviousness to create functional and appealing site drainage that treats stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product.


Fred Milch, Planning Manager, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Clay Ervin, Growth and Resource Management Director, Volusia County

Katrina Locke, Sustainability and Natural Resources Director, Volusia County Environmental Management; and Florida Green Building Coalition Board Member


Want to become a Blue Spring advocate and help us spread the word about solutions to water pollution?

We invite you to attend our adult education course, which will be held this fall.  The topics will include, but not be limited to, conservation, septic maintenance, fertilizer reduction, hydrology and recent research findings. The Academy will include classroom and field trip experiences, guest speakers, and hands-on, feet-wet learning to provide the ultimate citizen engagement experience. Those participating in the six-week course will gain valuable knowledge and will pledge to educate others on behalf of Volusia Blue Spring after the course’s completion as “Ambassadors.”  

The Academy is a six-week program held on Fridays October 12 through November 16, 2018.

Dates: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9 and 16, 2018
Class size:  25
Click to download the Academy application.

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Katrina Locke
Sustainability and Natural Resources Director