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The iconic Ocklawaha River -- which once stretched from Silver Springs to the St. John’s River and the Atlantic Ocean -- was dammed in 1968. Efforts to "Free the Ocklawaha" by breaching the dam are gaining momentum. May's webinar will focus on the environmental and financial impacts of restoration along the 215-mile Great Florida Riverway, which includes Silver Springs and the 20 “lost” springs. Find out more about this and its lessons for other environmental restoration projects around Florida.
As always, a number of professional certification credits have been approved.

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Vivian Young, AICP
Communications Director

Spring 2022 Dr. John M. DeGrove Webinars
Lessons from the Ocklawaha

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Eastern
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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. Vivian Young, AICP, will moderate the concluding question-and-answer period.

This event has been approved for professional certification credits for planners (1.5 AICP CM #9232828), Florida attorneys (2 CLE #2202789N), 1Certified Floodplain Managers (1 CEC), and Florida Landscape Architects (1.5 DBPR #0012861).

The DeGrove Webinar Series Will Resume in September!