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Wekiva River
Wekiva River, Florida

The Wekiva River is a National treasure. This river boasts beautiful vistas and unique ecosystems.

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Enjoying the River

Help us protect this amazing river so we can all enjoy the river for many more years to come!

Open Space
Navtive Plants

The Wekiva Basin is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna.

Orchids
Otter frolicking

Join us for one of our monthly field trips!

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Welcome Note

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. read more.


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Last Push for Vote YES on Amendment 1

Election Day: Nov. 4th

Hi everybody,

It is hard to believe that election day is just around the corner and that all of our hard work on The Vote Yes On 1 campaign will come to an end. Until then though we have one last request for help from you. We need volunteers to help out at the early voting locations in Seminole County. Volunteers are needed to hold signs and/or hand out palm cards to voters as they come to vote. We also will need help on election day, November 4th. We need your help so we can be assured of a Big Win on November 4th. Early voting begins on October 20 and ends November 2. If you can help out once again , please email me and I will get you supplied with signs and palm cards. Let's push hard to the finish on this one. For Florida.

Pam Meharg
Seminole County Volunteer Coordinator
Vote Yes On 1


Field Trip to Twin Mounds

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.

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Events & Programs

Next Board Meeting/ Date change:
October 2, 2014 at 6 p.m .
SPECIAL PROGRAM
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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!
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