The Poor Old Ocklawaha, by Whitey Markle

The Florida Constitution says, ” It shall be the policy of the state to conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty. Adequate provision shall be made by law for the abatement of air and water pollution and of excessive and unnecessary noise and for the conservation and protection of natural resources.” (Art. II, Sec. 7)

2011 Florida Statutes conditions for a granting a water permit

Springs of Florida

Springs of Florida-pdf Version


Government Organizations

  1. Florida Department of the Environment (FDEP)
  2. Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (Alachua County EPD)
  3. Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (EPAC)

 Water Management Districts

  1. Water Management Districts
  2. St Johns River Water Management District
  3. Suwannee River Water Management District
  4. Southwest Water Management District
  5. Recommendations for Property in Alachua County – 2012
  6. SJRWMD Lands Assessment – 2012

Adena Springs and the Silver River


The Levy County Property Appraisers website indicates lands owned by Sleepy Creek (Mailing Address C/O MAGNA ENTERTAINMENT CORP ONTARIO L4G 048).  The records indicate 17,752.9 acres are owned by Sleepy Creek which is just one of several corporations associated with Stronach.


A quick search of Putnam County’s records found a recent transaction for $11,346,600.00. This property was also purchased by Sleepy Creek Lands LLC. Go to the Putnam County website and enter Instrument Number 201254753044.

According to property records in Putnam County, he has purchased most of the land  surrounding Star Lake near Hawthorne.

  1. Bob Graham at the Florida Conservation Coalition Rally on June 23, 2012
  2. John Moran Speech at the Silver River Rally on June 23, 2012
  3. The Myth of Sustainable Meat
  4. Grass-Fed Beef Won’t Save the Planet
  5. Silver River Rally on June 23, 2012
  6. NYT Article on the Silver River–Jun 22, 2012
  7. The Land of Stronach-Ocala Star Banner Article-February 4, 2012
  8. St Johns River Water Management Permit Update-April 4, 2012
  9. FDEP Nutrient TMDL for Silver Springs-July 6,2012
  10. Adena Springs Ranch Website
  11. Op-Ed by Dr Robert Knight–July 28, 2012
  12. A North Florida Water War-Dr Robert Knight letter to the Cedar Key News-July 2012
  13. DEP Wetlands Connection with Lobbyist-Tampa Times, August 6, 2012
  14. “Where’s the Beef?”, August 3, 2012
  15. Silvers Springs TMDL Workshop, July 31, 2012
  16. Florida DEP TMDL Documents
  17. Florida DEP BMAP Documents
  18. Op-Ed in Ocala Star Banner, by Dr. Robert Knight August 19, 2012
  19. Adena Springs First Public Hearing, August 16, 2012
  20. Ocala Star Banner Editorial, August 22, 2012
  21. Adena Springs to Slash Request by 60%, Gainesville Sun, August 22, 2012
  22. What is missing in Adena Springs’ science?–oped by Karen Chadwick, Ocala Star Banner, September 23, 2012
  23. Eyes on Adena over water request controversy, October 9, 2012
  24. Water War Pits Silver Spring Against Cattle–Orlando Sentinel, June 19, 2012
  25. Stronach Enters Race, Vienna Review, September 2012
  26. Stronach Leaves Thoroughbreds to Join Austrian Vote Race
  27. Frank Stronach Austrian Leadership Bid: Canadian Auto Parts Billionaire Aims To End The Euro
  28. Of Pollution and Pumping–Brad Rogers, Ocala Star Banner, October 20, 2012 
  30. New tax cut carved out for Canadian billionaire’s cattle ranch in Marion Co.
  31. Hundreds turn out to argue limits on Chassahowitzka and Homosassa rivers
  32. Compromise on minimum flows
  33. The Stronach Group
  34. Magna
  35. FDEP Sets restoration Goals and Funding for Kings Bay and Silver Springs
  36. Florida Administrative Register and Code
  37. Taking Ownership, an editorial by Brad Rogers-November 24, 2012
  38. A Plan to Save the Silver Springs–Editorial in the Ocala Star Banner, November 28, 2012
  39. Florida’s Vanishing Springs–Tampa Bay Times
  40. Extension on Permit Application, November 26, 2012

Orange Lake–Spring and Summer 2012

  1. Orange Lake-Heagy Burry Park
  2. Florida’s Disappearing Waters-Matt Dube-June 2012

Phosphate Mining in North Florida

  1. The Phosphate Risk
  2. SWRMD WATER USE PERMIT to PCS Phosphate in Hamilton County-Comments by December McSherry onJuly 26, 2012
  3. SWRWMD WATER PERMIT 2-84-00703 issued to PCS Phosphate–June 13, 2012

GRU and the Biomess

  1. GRU
  2. Gainesville Citizens Care
  3. SSJ votes to oppose the GRU/GREC biomass power plant-March 13, 2010
  4. “We Told You So” by Ray Washington-Gainesville Sun July 2, 2012 op-ed
  5. Refinancing GRU debt
  6. Tick, Tick, Tick– A July 1, 2012 Gainesville Sun Editorial
  7. Gainesville City Commission Meeting June 21, 2012 (Move time slide to hour 5:00)
  8. American Renewables
  9. Electrical Utility Rates Should Rise
  10. A Captive Ratepayer Speaks
  11. Energy Justice Network-Biomass Basics
  12. Up in Smoke, by George Wuethner-January 12, 2010
  13. Fired Plants generate Controversy-Justin Scheck, April 29, 2010
  14. Energy generated by sawmill biomass can’t compete.-Missoulian July 28, 2012
  15. Group Protests Biomass Outside City Hall-Gainesville Sun Article-August 2, 2012
  16. Citizen Comment at the August 2, 2012 City Commission Meeting
  17. Its all about one Thing:  Money, by Ray Washington, August 10, 2012
  18. The biomass mess continues, by Thomas K. Young
  19. Massachusetts Tightens Rules, Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2012
  20. The Biomass Monitor–a blog
  21. The Sound of Silence, Gainesville Sun Editorial-August 18, 2012
  22. Everything is Bigger in Texas, including Biomass, Energy Justice Network, August 15, 2012
  23. Gainesville’s Water Future–op ed by Bob Knight, October 14, 2012
  24. Huge explosion rips through Europe’s first biomass power plant

 Cabot/Koppers/Beazer Superfund Site

  1. Placed on National Priorities List September 1, 1983
  2. Cabot Koppers Superfund Site
  3. Maria Parsons Class Action Suit–April 20, 2010
  4. Beazer Seeks Less Stringent Standards–January 6, 2011
  5. EPA Plan on February 2, 2011

 The Airboat Ordinance

  1. Quiet Lakes of Alachua County
  2. Oppose SB58 and HB733–Alachua County Commission, January 24, 2012

Rodman Dam

Riverkeeper Video on Rodman Dam with Karen Ahlers

  1. “Free the Ocklawaha,” a  July 15, 2012 op-ed by Whitey Markle
  2. Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE)
  3. Florida DEP Final Order 2002

Baker County Medical Waste Incineration Facility

  1. Company Seeks Facility (Baker County Press March 29, 2012)
  2. Opposition Growing (Baker County Press April 2, 2012)
  3. Opposition Memo by Allison Broughton April 2, 2012
  4. Road Funds to be Lost (Baker County Press July 11, 2012)
  5. Energy Justice Network-Waste Incineration Basics
  6. Energy Justice Network-Mapping Project

Baker County Sand Mines

  1. Baker Officials:  Neighbors Content (May 16, 2012)
  2. County Commissioners Put Off Sand Mines (June 21,2012)
  3. Dairy Program Subsidies in Baker County

Spring Hills

Project Inching Forward Again


  1. Leveda Brown Recycling Center
  2. White Goods Pick-up Service
  3. E-Scrap Pick-up Service

Florida’s Water Issues

  1. EPA Ruling on Florida’s Water-November 30, 2012
  2. EPA Adopts Tough Water Standards for Florida–November 30, 2012
  3. Valuing Florida’s Clean Waters, by Elizabeth A. Stanton and Matthew Taylor, Stockholm Environment Institute – U.S. Center–November 13, 2012