The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute recently published a report on 32 so-called “sentinel” springs in the state. Three springs earned the highest “overall grade” given: B+; four earned an F; 11 received a D to D-. / Photo courtesy UF/IFAS

Published Jan. 17, 2019, this report “summarizes historical and recent data for 32 ‘sentinel’ springs from among Florida’s 1,000+ artesian springs. This springs’ short list includes most of Florida’s publicly-owned, large, and economically-important springs that serve as the ‘canaries-in-the-coal-mine’ in terms of overall springs condition.”

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