District Launches Instagram Contest on Social Media to Raise Springs Awareness

News Release

The "Southwest Florida Water Management District":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/ (District) has launched a contest on the social media site Instagram to raise awareness of springs throughout the District.

Springs sites are a popular hot spot with both local residents and tourists during the summer months and especially holiday weekends. This summer, whether you are tubing, kayaking, swimming or just relaxing near one of the many springs in our District, you can share those experiences for a chance to win a springs prize pack that includes tickets to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. To enter, shoot a photo or video while visiting any spring. Then, upload your photo or video to Instagram and tag it #RenewOurSprings through September 2, 2013. Users earn one contest entry for every photo or video tagged.

To learn more about the area's five major springs systems in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties, and what the District is doing to monitor and restore them, members of the public can visit the District's redesigned springs website "WaterMatters.org/Springs":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/springs/. This site has information on our major springs systems, which include Chassahowitzka River, Crystal River/Kings Bay, Homosassa River, Rainbow River and the Weeki Wachee River.

Members of the public can hear firsthand from the District's team of springs experts about ongoing and future restoration projects at Chassahowitzka Springs, Kings Bay and Three Sisters Springs. Users will find regular project updates, photo galleries and videos. Website visitors can find out about recreational opportunities, what they can do to protect the springs and how to get involved in upcoming volunteer events.