Governing Board Recognizes Springs Coast Community Partner

Environmental Specialist Jeff Sowards has spent the past 15 years working to protect the Rainbow Spring System. That why he was recognized Tuesday by the District’s Governing Board as a 2017 Springs Community Partner.

Sowards has served as Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve Manager since 2003, where he oversees ecosystem science, resource management, education and outreach. He conducts his work in partnership with government and private entities to benefit the unique spring systems.

“We can work together to try to solve the issues that we have here,” Sowards said during a video presentation at the Governing Board meeting. “We want to preserve and protect.”

Also, at the presentation the Governing Board declared April Springs Protection Awareness Month. The declaration is part of the District’s ongoing effort to protect area springs and encourage community involvement. 

If you have a memory or story about the springs, share it with us on social media using #MySprings.