The Springs Heartland presentation is November 5, at Headquarters Library

October 11, 2016

Alachua County Library District invites the public to The Springs Heartland presentation on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m. Learn more about local springs and why protection of springs is important. Dr. Bob Knight, Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute and author of Silenced Springs: Moving from Tragedy to Hope, and Dr. Jennifer Adler, springs advocate and underwater photographer, will discuss the science of our fragile springs and the art that allows us to make the connection between our lives above ground and the water beneath our feet. This program will be at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue in downtown Gainesville.

Knight will talk about his book Silenced Springs which details the decline of Florida springs and what we can do to save them from over development and over pumping. Knight is the founder of The Florida Springs Institute which is named after the late Dr. Howard T. Odum, the Father of Springs Ecology, who first called the world’s attention to the majesty and mystery of these unique and complex ecosystems. The Florida Springs Institute is a nonprofit organization with a focus on springs science and education in Florida. He studied under the direction of Odum and has conducted follow-up studies of the ecology of 18 major springs in Florida.

Adler will talk about her work in raising awareness about Florida's springs and water resources. She is a University of Florida PhD student who blends her science background with art and writing to raise awareness. She is a certified cave diver and avid underwater photographer, and was recently named a National Geographic Young Explorer. She has also created an environmental education program, Walking on Water, to teach young Floridians about springs through underwater photography and creative writing.         

For more information visit the Library District at or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909 or


If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 


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