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 November meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18 14 at 7:00 pm. Our guest will be Gerry Mulligan the past editor of the Citrus Chronicle.
The draft October meeting minutes are posted on the website's Meetings page. At the October meeting, outgoing County Commimssioner Ron Kitchen discussed the difficulty of establishing speed zones on the river, the budgetary constraints of giving every proposed project funding, and the likelihood of Citrus County becoming a bedroom community for the Tampa area with the extension of the expressway..
The Homosassa River Alliance meetings are usually 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.