We are concerned about the abuse and overuse of our coastal rivers and wetlands, which is why this group was organized. As a feeder to the Homosassa River and then to the Gulf of Mexico, the Halls River is definitely on our radar. We were successful in ending a proposed zoning change on the northwest side of the Halls River bridge via lawsuits five years ago.
Our tax-deductible membership dues are $10 per person per calendar year.
Membership will put you on our mailing list for notices of meetings, sub-committee concerns, special events and for the newsletter, Voice of the River, which comes out three times a year. The majority of our work is educational and we do the necessary research to be well informed.
Our regular projects include:
- Education – an all-day training tour of the Homosassa River for third grade students in Homosassa Elementary School.
- Conservation – monthly water testing in the Bluebird Springs and in the headwaters of the Homosassa River as part of LakeWatch.
- Community Education – we were recently appointed to a three-year term on the Southwest Florida Water Management Environmental Advisory Board, which meets quarterly.
- Monitoring – members attend conferences, classes and meetings to learn more about protecting the springs, rivers and watersheds and report on their findings at our general meetings.
- Meetings – we meet in Homosassa monthly on the second Thursday at 7:00pm at the Homosassa Civic Club, except July and August.
- Community Education – we are working toward having the Homosassa basin area designated as part of the National Estuary Program, which would give our area greater protection and more federal assistance in controlling harmful impacts of human activities.
- Monitoring/Education – we monitor county and state political actions on matters of interest to our purpose and speak for or against proposals which are under discussion at each level.
- Partnerships – we work with Citrus 20/20 on Save Our Waters Week developing and participate in judges and cash prizes for the annual student Science Fair.
- Education – we have donated scientific equipment to the Homosassa Elementary School, the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and to the Academy of Environmental Science.
- Fund Raising – through a joint venture with the Civic Club by selling raffle tickets for the grand prizes of the Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival each November.
- We have planted and monitored mangrove seedlings at the end of the Homosassa River, using a SWFMD grant.