Chassahowitzka

SWFWMD board approves plans for Homosassa, Chassahowitzka rivers

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The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board (SWFWMD) recently approved the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) plans for the Homosassa and Chassahowitzka rivers, meaning all five first-magnitude springs in the District now have established plans for improvement of those water bodies.

The SWIM Act requires the District to maintain a priority list of water bodies of regional and statewide significance and develop plans and programs for their improvement.

Letter To The Editor: Thanks due to VanNess

Opinion: Letters To The EditorThe Chassahowitzka River Keepers would like to commend Officer Matt VanNess, for speaking at our monthly meeting last Tuesday evening.

We are a new grassroots organization that is committed to restoring and preserving the Chaz River and really appreciate the time your officer took to come and answer questions at our community forum.

TOP VIDEO: Chassahowitzka Camping

The Citrus County Commission has stopped the Request for Proposal for the administration of the Chassahowitzka Campground and decided to extend the current contract for an additional five years.

Once the contract is renegotiated, it will be presented again for approval by the commission.

Top Video: Ancient Finds

The recent cleanup by the Southwest Florida Water Management District not only cleaned the Chassahowitzka Springs, it uncovered history, some of it ancient.

Chassahowitzka Springs cleanup yields treasures

The Archaic Period from 6000 – 3000 BC is represented by this Kirk-like projectile point found in the Chassahowitzka Spings. (Photo: Southwest Florida Water Management District)

The recent cleanup by the Southwest Florida Water Management District not only cleaned the Chassahowitzka Springs, it uncovered articles - from old booze and cola bottles, to china used by the Spanish, to anchors from the 1700's and 1

Spring cleanup yields cornucopia of history

Chassahowitzka spring

To the untrained eye, many of the hundreds of artifacts pulled in recent months from a Florida spring in the Chassahowitzka River look like stuff nobody wanted to buy at a yard sale: old bottles, an antler, broken pieces of a plate, a toy cap gun, a bowl, a fishhook, pins.

But to archaeologist Michael Arbuthnot, who oversaw a five-month project that pulled hundreds of such items from a 2 1/2-acre field of muck as deep as 25 feet below the surface of the spring, they are much more.

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