Sea to Shore Alliance staff were instrumental in the creation of the “Protect Florida Springs” license plate in 2007. Proceeds from plate sales have since funded over $400,000 in competitive grants for springs research, outreach and education throughout the state of Florida.
In 2007 the Florida legislature enacted a bill which in part created the “Protect Florida Springs” license plate. Florida’s Springs are severely threatened due to pollution resulting in decreased water quality, development of shorelines, erosion caused by increasing human use, and in particular, reduced water flow as a consequence of water extraction for municipalities, agriculture, and drinking water. Funds collected support a Springs Grants Program, which aid on-going community-based initiatives aimed at springs restoration, research, protection, education and outreach around the state. The goal of these efforts is to enhance conservation, protection and management of these valuable resources for the enjoyment of all Floridians and Florida species now and in the future.
Sea to Shore Alliance chairs the Springs Grants committee, with valuable participation from private Florida citizens, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Health, Department of Economic Opportunity, and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. S2S staff are also becoming involved in springs education and outreach initiatives throughout the state of Florida.
Two easy ways you can help protect and preserve Florida’s unique springs:
Buy a “Protect Florida Springs” license plate today
Renew your existing “Springs” plate