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County Wide Annual Lakes, Rivers & Coastal Cleanup

September 17, 2022

Citrus County's 27th Annual Save Our Waters Week (SOWW), sponsored by Keep Citrus County Beautiful Inc., will be September 17-24 with the theme, “Preserve Our Waters – Plan Smartly.” 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 33rd Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 17. Individuals and groups across the community are encouraged to participate.  Click here https://tinyurl.com/coastal-cleanup-application to download an application . Deadline to register is Thursday, September 8. Need more information, call:(352) 527-7620. All participants will receive a Save Our Waters Week T-shirt.

Save Our Waters

27th Annual Save Our Waters Week

FEATURED ACTIVITIES

September 17-24, 2022

PRESERVE OUR WATERS – PLAN SMARTLY

27th Annual Save Our Waters Week

FEATURED ACTIVITIES

September 17-24, 2022

PRESERVE OUR WATERS – PLAN SMARTLY

Saturday, Sept. 17, sunrise to 11:30 a.m. 33RD Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup. Groups and or organizations are encouraged to volunteer. Registration deadline: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Download application at https://tinyurl.com/2022-Cleanup-application or email [email protected] for an application.

Monday, Sept. 19, 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. 20, 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. 21, Tours at 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm. Two 3- Hour Eco-Tours of Kings Bay.sponsored by Hunter Springs Kayaks. Call (352) 228-4715. Deadline to register Sept. 14. Capacity:10 per tour. FREE.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11am. NATURE CRUISE with Crystal River Watersports. One-hour cruise down the Indian River/Canal to the Indian mounds. Online registration at www.CrystalRiverWatersports.com or call 352-795-7033. Capacity: 16 people. Cost: $10 - refunded at end of tour.

Wednesday, Sept. 21. Tours at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. PONTOON BOAT TOURS OF THE CRYSTAL RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. Enjoy a staff-guided pontoon boat tour of the refuge islands in Kings Bay. Tours depart from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River. To register email [email protected]. Capacity: 24 people per tour. FREE.

Friday, September 23rd. 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, please email Nigel Rudolph at [email protected]. Capacity: 20 people. Pre-registration required. $25 to rent a kayak: https://soww-fpan-ap-rentkayak.eventbrite.com. $20 if you bring your own. R egister here https://soww-fpan-ap-byokayak.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, September 24th. 2pm. ONE HOUR SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF CRYSTAL RIVER with Manatee Tour and Dive located at 36 NE 4th St., Crystal River. Capacity: 22. Free. Call 795-1333 for reservations.

Saturday, September 24th from 3-4:30pm. Local wildlife photographer and water champion, Gary Kuhl to speak at this year’s Save Our Waters Week finale program. Gary will give a presentation on Florida’s Water Resources: We are Losing Them!! Through his photography and background in water resources, Gary Kuhl will discuss the problem and potential solutions pertaining to Florida and Citrus County water issues. Register today to learn how you can make a difference! Location: Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, Inverness. Register at (352) 341.6428 or go online at: cchistoricalsocietyshop.com. 150 people. FREE. Sponsor in part by the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and Keep Citrus County Beautiful.

 

EVENTS OUTSIDE THE WEEK OF SAVE OUR WATERS FEATURED ACTIVITIES:

Thursday, August 11. Join Clyde Butcher for a lecture on Thursday, August 11 at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Citrus County Historical Society members can enjoy a special member’s only signing and meet and greet with Clyde from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A public book signing will run from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the lecture starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15.00 for non-members and $10.00 for Historical Society members. Tickets are available at https://tinyurl.com/2udj5nz6clyde or by calling 352-341-6428. Sponsored in part by the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council, a local branch of the Citrus County Historical Society and Keep Citrus County Beautiful.

Thursday, October 20, 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, October 20, 7pm. 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.

Saturday, October 22, 8am-12pm. National Estuaries Day and Marine Science Station Open House. Join us for a morning of free kids activities and free boat rides to the Marine Science Station from the Crystal River Preserve State Park. Local partners will be present with educational booths set up. Come learn about your local estuary! Crystal River Preserve State Park – Visitor Center, 3266 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River, FL 34428. For more information, please email Trisha Green at [email protected]

 

 

 


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