Fanning Springs one of the parks getting state funding
FANNING SPRINGS, Fla. -- Some springs in our area will be under restoration in the coming year. 12 projects have been approved in 6 North Florida counties to receive over $50 million total, the highest amount ever provided by the state.
The Suwannee River Water Management District will be switching from a septic to sewer waste system.
"I love nature," said 9 year old Isaac Weirick from Pensacola.
For tourists like Weirick, the springs are something special. When his family decided to take a vacation to some of the springs in North Central Florida, he was happy to try something other than the beach.
"The water isn't salty. You can drink it. You can open your eyes under it," he said.
Trip Lancaster, Mayor of Fanning Springs, said, "Fanning Springs is our biggest draw in this area, along with the Suwannee River. We're fortunate to have both of them right here in our town. We deal with a little bit over 2 million visitors a year."
Fanning Springs is one of the parks getting a grant for restoration.
$3.4 million was awarded from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to replace 198 septic tanks with a new waste water treatment system.
"The springs are getting recurring funding, over the next 20 years. That's incredible. It's historic," said Steve Minnis, the Governmental Affairs and Communications Director at Suwannee River Water Management District.
The mayor of Fanning Springs partnered with the Suwannee River Water Management District to receive one of the 12 project grants in North Florida.
"My family's been coming here for over 200 years and I would really like it if they could keep coming here for another 200 years," said Mayor Trip Lancaster.
The goal is to keep the springs clean so that people like the mayor can keep coming back. Not only will it help balance the ecosystem, but it will hopefully keep tourists around.
"It's our responsibility to ensure that the water quality and the flow of the springs are maintained and protected and sustained for future generations," said Minnis.
"I get to swim a lot," said Isaac, who gets to keep swimming.
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