Save Our Waters
Citrus County's 26th Annual Save Our Waters Week (SOWW), sponsored by Keep Citrus County Beautiful Inc., will be September 18-25 with the theme, “Fix Leaks – Save our Waters.” The week, which promotes public appreciation and awareness to save our irreplaceable waters, features activities offered free to the public or a suggested donation.
The week kicks off with the 32nd Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 18. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in the clean up by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y7ay9wr7 for an application no later than September 2. All clean up participants will receive a Save Our Waters Week T-shirt.
The week also features a photo contest, video contest, guest speaker program and guest commentaries in the Citrus County Chronicle. We are hopeful that the Middle School and High School Environmental Jeopardy game will still be held on Thursday, September 23rd. Located and hosted by the College of Central Florida, the middle school competition begins at 5:30 PM with high school teams having their environmental knowledge tested beginning at 7 PM. The categories are all environmental related.
As the week began with a coastal cleanup of our local waters, Save Our Waters Week ends with a big splash in Inverness. At 2 PM on Saturday September 25th, Victoria Machado will be speaking on efforts to restore Florida’s waterways and the motivations piloting Floridians who love and advocate for this natural resource. Sacred Waters: Exploring the Protection of Florida’s Fluid Landscapes. Register early for this Historic Courthouse program funded by the Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Special thanks to all who make this event possible. Join us in celebrating Save Our Waters Week by participating in the following scheduled activities:
Saturday, Sept. 18, sunrise to 11:30 a.m. 32nd Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup. Groups/organizations are encouraged to volunteer. Registration deadline: Sept. 2, 2021. Call 352-527-7620 or email [email protected] for an application.
Monday, Sept. 20, tour at 10 a.m. to noon. Guided Kayak Tour of Kings Bay with the Southwest Florida Water Management Springs Team. Launch on a guided tour to Three Sisters Springs while learning about the springs from some of the District's experienced scientists that work on the Springs Team. Reserve your seat by Sept. 8 by calling (352) 796-7211, ext. 4768 or email [email protected] to register. Capacity: 10. Free.
Tuesday, Sept. 21, tours at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. & Noon. A Crystal River Kayak Company is conducting KAYAK TOURS. Paddle through quiet canals to Three Sisters Springs and back. Launch from A Crystal River Kayak Company, 1422 Bldg. B, S.E. US 19, Crystal River. Call (352) 795-2255 (option 1 for registration). Capacity: 10 people per tour. Cost: $10 (refunded at end of tour).
Wednesday, Sept. 22, tours at 10-1pm and 2-5pm. Two 3-Hour Eco-Tours of Kings Bay sponsored by Hunter Springs Kayaks. To register call (352) 228-4715. Deadline to register Sept. 15th. Capacity: 10 per tour. FREE.
Thursday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOLS ENVIRONMENTAL JEOPARDY COMPETITION. Local middle schools compete in testing their environmental knowledge. Public invited. Event held at Conference Center, College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto. Call (352) 613-6850 for information. FREE.
Thursday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS ENVIRONMENTAL JEOPARDY COMPETITION. Local high schools compete in testing their environmental knowledge. Public invited. Event held at Conference Center, College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto. Call (352) 613-6850 for information. FREE.
Friday, Sept 24, 8-11am. Come paddle with us as we discuss the natural history of the Crystal River with Florida Public Archaeology Network, St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve, and Florida Park Service staff. Depart from Crystal River Preserve State Park – Visitor Center kayak launch, 3266 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River, FL 34428. For more information, email Nigel Rudolph at [email protected]. Capacity: 20. Pre-registration required. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/9yerhxwn which has an option to rent or bring your own kayak. Tickets go on sale August 24.
Saturday, Sept. 25th. 2 pm. One-hour sightseeing tour of Crystal River with Manatee Tour and Dive located at 36 NE 4th St. Capacity: 22. Free. Call (352) 795-1333 for reservations.
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2pm. Sacred Waters: Exploring the Protection of Florida’s Fluid Landscapes. Presentation by Victoria Machado on the efforts to restore Florida’s waterways. Ms. Machado will speak on the motivations of environmentalists who love and advocate for Florida and its water bodies. By focusing on issues related to springs and the Everglades, we hope to have conversations that arise when Floridians view water as essential to their quality of life. She is currently a PhD candidate studying the intersection of religion and environmental activism and is specifically interested in state and local water issues, environmental justice and the underlying values that promote social change. Held at The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450. Call (352) 341-6428 to reserve your seat or online at https://cccourthouse.org/shop/. FREE. Donations are always welcomed. This program is funded in part by the Florida Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.