Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system.
As a result of our
leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and
Scenic River, and a
National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its
fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.
These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads.
Field Trip to Twin Mounds
A seldom-seen prehistoric Native American site inside the Rock Springs Run State Reserve will be the subject of a field trip on Sun., Nov. 23 by the Friends of the Wekiva River (FOWR).
The site is named “Twin Mounds” since it is comprised of two large shell middens near the northwesterly shore of the Wekiva River. Author, documentary filmmaker and FOWR Board member Bill Belleville will lead the excursion, providing background on earlier archaeological excavations there to help us better understand the lifeways of the Native Americans who lived in the Wekiva basin. Thousands of bone fragments and pot shards have been recovered from the site.
Although there are approximately two dozen shell middens near the Wekiva river, only two---Twin Mounds and Shell Island farther upstream---have been closely examined. Dr. Brent Weisman of USF chronicled his research in the scientific journal, the “Florida Anthropologist”.
There’s a limit on the number of participants, so if you want to be a part of this very special outing, you are urged to RSVP with FOWR Board member Weegie Henry at 407.341.9025 as soon as possible. Participants will meet in the last parking lot off the asphalt road leading in from the entrance to the Rock Springs Run State Reserve by 9 a.m. (The entrance is located just beyond the black bear bridge on SR 46 near Sorrento about six miles west of Sanford. There is a $3 self-pay admission fee per vehicle at the entrance. ) At 9:30 a.m., a state park service tram will transport visitors several miles to the edge of a hardwood forest near the Wekiva. Visitors must be able to do a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike through the forest to the site. Must make reservations. Contact Weegie Henry at (407) 341-9025.
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Next Board Meeting: December 4th, 2014 at 6 p.m
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The Friends of Wekiva River have been working closely with the Rotary Club of Seminole County South to form the Wekiva River Promise. The project is to educate on the effects of nitrates and promote personal stewardship to ensure the enjoyment of the River for years to come!