The Homosassa River System includes the main stem of the river, several tributaries (Halls River, Price Creek, Otter Creek, and Battle Creek) which flow seven miles through a network of coastal wetlands and lowlands to the Gulf of Mexico. The upper reaches of the River are recognized in Florida state law as “Outstanding Florida Waters” and thereby enjoy special protections, and may not be degraded. This river system is the outflow from Homosassa Springs, one of Florida’s first-magnitude springs, and a number of smaller springs and is one of seven rivers in Citrus County. The spring water emerges at a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit, which provides year round water sports, outstanding fishing and annual large gatherings of Manatees. The lower river is a typical riverine estuary in which saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico mix with the freshwater outflow from the springs. The estuary supports commercial fisheries for crabs, shrimp and fish, outstanding wildlife observation opportunities, especially for wading birds and birds of prey, and outdoor recreation in a near-wilderness setting, including pleasure boating, canoeing and kayaking, and fishing. The protection of this habitat with its rare, ecologically important qualities is the mission of the Homosassa River Alliance.
Welcome to the Homosassa River Alliance
The October meeting will be held on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 pm. Our guest will be outgoing Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen.
The draft September meeting minutes are posted on the website's Meetings page. At the September meeting, SWFWMD representatives made a presentation on Florida springs and how the District's programs and actions can benefit the river. President Frank Kaposci and other board members discussed the recently held Workshop by the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement on the new Springs Protgection Zones legislation. Subsequently, the River Alliance sent comments to the FWC on the proposed rule to implement this legislation. A copy of the comments is posted on the Newsletter page.
The Homosassa River Alliance meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the Homosassa Civic Club. Our April meeting is our annual picnic. Click on the "Meetings and Picnic" icon for more information. Please see an important letter from our President on the Newsletter page.