Webinar: Lessons from the Ocklawaha

May 17, 2022 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am

Our partners at 1000 Friends of Florida are offering the free webinar “Lessons from the Ocklawaha.” The campaign to “Free the Ocklawaha” is moving forward, offering lessons for other parts of Florida. Dammed in 1968, the iconic Ocklawaha River once connected Silver Springs to the St. John’s River and the Atlantic Ocean. Free the Ocklawaha River Coalition Chair Margaret Spontak will provide an overview of the campaign and recent polling. Florida Springs Council President Casey Fitzgerald will summarize the environmental benefits of restoration along the 215-mile Great Florida Riverway including Silver Springs and the 20 “lost” springs. Dominic Calabro, President & CEO of Florida TaxWatch, will discuss their recent economic analysis of removing the dam and restoring the flow. St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman will wrap with a brief review of lessons learned and next steps. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Register here.