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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, an Aquatic Preserve, 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. Our members work on issues that affect the Wekiva, ranging from pollution to smart growth to the welfare of wildlife, including bears. Learn more about what we are doing. Read more on our issues page.
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E- mail: FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail.com
Mail: P.O.Box 916196
Longwood FL 32791- 6196

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The River

The Wekiva River is one of the few remaining near-pristine river systems in central Florida. Over 110 square miles of its basin are protected as parks, preserves, and state forests. Its headwaters begin at the confluence of Wekiwa Spring Run and Rock Spring Run. Waters creating the Wekiva arise from the Floridan aquifer as clear, freshwater springs and from drainage of its watershed, including adjacent hardwood swamps. Climatic zones of warm temperate and subtropical meet here, and biological diversity of plants and animals is very high as a result.

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State of the River Report — Summer 2022

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State of the River Report-Summer 2022

Update on Little Wekiva RiverChampions of the Little Wekiva River in Longwood are anxiously awaiting the beginning of sediment removal, where thousands of tons of sediment have filled the river channel and diverted the flow in multiple directions. Seminole County has said the project is on track to begin later this year at the end of the rainy season in October/November.In May, Florida Fish and Wildlife and Seminole County began spraying to eliminate some of the invasive plants that have taken root in the sediment, turning the river channel into a jungle. As part of the project, following sediment removal the County will replant with native species.On May 23, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy held a media event on site to announce the contribution of $688,000 in federal dollars to the remediation project made possible by her advocacy. She also reported that she has asked the federal Army Corp of Engineers to look into the cause of the catastrophic sedimentation, emphasizing the importance of avoiding a similar problem occurring in the future.Here is a clip from Congresswoman Murphy’s visit showing some of the problem area.https://www.wesh.com/article/little-wekiva-river-restoration/40079406We recently learned that Governor DeSantis vetoed a $500,000 appropriation that had been approved by the legislature in the 2022 legislative session for the Little Wekiva River restoration. This is of course very disappointing. We checked with Kim Ornberg at Seminole County who confirmed that this veto does not affect the appropriation from 2021 and will have no impact on the County’s project that begins in the Fall. The County is looking into why the 2022 appropriation was vetoed.FOWR and residents along the Little Wekiva River continue to monitor the worsening condition of the river and the risks to adjacent home and look for both immediate and long-term solutions.

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FOWR membership is invaluable because you help keep us strong. Your support helps us defend the Wekiva and educate future generations who will need to take up the work of ensuring this remains one of Central Florida's environmental jewels.

Please click on the following link and renew your membership for 2021. The Wekiva River and the wildlife who live within the basin are depending on you!!!

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