The Homosassa River System includes the main stem of the river, several tributaries (Halls River, Price Creek, Otter Creek, and Battle Creek) which flow seven miles through a network of coastal wetlands and lowlands to the Gulf of Mexico. The upper reaches of the River are recognized in Florida state law as “Outstanding Florida Waters” and thereby enjoy special protections, and may not be degraded. This river system is the outflow from Homosassa Springs, one of Florida’s first-magnitude springs, and a number of smaller springs and is one of seven rivers in Citrus County. The spring water emerges at a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit, which provides year round water sports, outstanding fishing and annual large gatherings of Manatees. The lower river is a typical riverine estuary in which saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico mix with the freshwater outflow from the springs. The estuary supports commercial fisheries for crabs, shrimp and fish, outstanding wildlife observation opportunities, especially for wading birds and birds of prey, and outdoor recreation in a near-wilderness setting, including pleasure boating, canoeing and kayaking, and fishing. The protection of this habitat with its rare, ecologically important qualities is the mission of the Homosassa River Alliance.
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NEWSFLASH: IMPORTANT BOCC MEETING ON JULY 27. SEE FACEBOOK PAGE AND NEWSLETTERS PAGE FOR INFO.
The River Alliance held its regular general membership meeting on July 8 at the Homosassa Civic Club. There was again a fine turnout of members and guests, filling the room with energy! The draft minutes of the meeting are available and posted on our Meetings and Picnic page. Our guest speakers were Detective Josh Doctor and Captain John Novy of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department. Det. Doctor and Capt. Novy described available resources and enforcement challenges and priorities for the river. President Kaposci expressed the Alliance’s appreciation for the efforts of CCSD and its enforcement partners in working to make the river safer and more enjoyable for all. There was general agreement to support efforts by the CCSD to increase the resources it has for marine enforcement.
The next meeting will be held on August 12, 2021 at 7 pm at the Homosassa Civic Club in Old Homosassa. Continuing the theme of partnering with enforcement for enhancing safety and enjoyment of the river, our guests will be Capt. Rama Schuster and officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The June 10 Homosassa River Alliance meeting was a great welcome back to our current members AND the numerous new members who joined that evening. Every seat was filled and the meeting featured some long-overdue presentations and awards, as well as lively discussions about some important and current issues concerning the River. Some topics discussed were speed limits on the river, noise issues including a possible county noise control ordinance, status of the Homosassa River Restoration Project and scheduling for sewering the Spring Cove area. Steve and Cindy Minguy were the recipients of the Blue Water Award in recognition of their tremendous work in advancing the Homosassa River Restoration Project. The River Alliance Environmental Warrior Award was presented to Roger Cullen, a longtime supporter of many Homosassa River causes, and the audience heard from our 2021 "Voice of the River" scholarship winner, Natalya Donaldson. Please visit our Facebook page for pictures and more information about the meeting. We encourage you to attend future meetings to provide ideas, input and viewpoints about issues concerning the Homosassa River. Remember, all members, guests and interested parties are welcome. Become a true "Voice of the River."
The Homosassa River Alliance meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the Homosassa Civic Club. Our April meeting is our annual picnic. Click on the "Meetings and Picnic" icon for more information.Please see an important letter from our President on the Newsletter page.