Governing Board Recognizes Springs Coast Steering Committee

The Governing Board declared April Springs Protection Awareness Month at today’s Governing Board meeting. The move is part of the District’s ongoing effort to restore and protect area springs and encourage community involvement. 

The Governing Board also recognized the Springs Coast Steering Committee, which is made up of members of local, regional and state agencies. One of their main goals is to develop management plans tailored for each spring system to identify issues, solutions, costs and responsibilities. 

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The Board approved two of those plans at Tuesday’s meeting – Kings Bay SWIM Plan and Rainbow River SWIM Plan.

The members of the Committee are:

  • Robert Holmes, City of Crystal River Council Member
  • Dennis Damato, Citrus County Commissioner
  • Nick Nicholson, Hernando County Commissioner
  • Stan McClain, Marion County Commissioner
  • Tom Frick, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Assessment and Restoration Bureau Chief
  • Shannon Wright, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Northeast Regional Director
  • Darrell Smith, Former Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Agricultural Water Policy Assistant Director
  • Michael Babb, Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chair


To learn more about the District’s efforts to restore springs, visit