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Other: Three Sisters Springs is Saved! for the Manatees'!! July 16, 2010 1:31 PM

Manatee photoThree Sisters Springs is Saved!

A mother manatee and calf relax in the beautiful waters at Three Sisters Springs. (Photo © Tracy Colson)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead

Dear Mary,

This week something wonderful happened. The Crystal River City Council members voted unanimously to take joint ownership of the Three Sisters property, which assures that Three Sisters Springs will be saved for manatees and for future generations. Instead of being slated for development, these beautiful springs, which are the most important winter haven for endangered manatees on Florida's west coast, will become part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has plans to include observation decks where the public can view manatees -- something that should greatly limit manatee harassment.

The struggle to save Three Sisters Springs was long and difficult, but the story of the coalition of disparate forces that came together to achieve this is really incredible, and I want to thank all of the Save the Manatee Club members who made donations and sent letters or emails in support of the Three Sisters purchase. This fantastic victory is all the more crucial, as we have lost more than 10% of the manatee population already this year due to unprecedented cold and other factors. Without these springs, the remaining population would be at even greater risk during future severe cold events.

Click here to read more about it and why Three Sisters is so important for manatees.

We've been working on this project for so long, it's still hard for me to believe that we will acquire forever the springs, provide a refuge for manatees and other wildlife, and offer the public a way to see manatees in a natural situation. This is a great opportunity, not to mention a great tourist draw, for the city, the county, the state, and for America. As for me, this is proof that dreams do come true.

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three sisters springs July 20, 2010 10:05 AM

great news! more please.

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Good you posted this Mare, July 20, 2010 2:59 PM

Considering the oil is heading this way, they are going to need all the protection and protected areas they can get! >(

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