Welcome to the Santa Fe River Bill of Rights Campaign (SAFEBOR)
Five Reasons to support SAFEBOR
- Our laws are failing to protect the Santa Fe River because the river does not currently have legal rights of its own.
- The Santa Fe River and springs are part of the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the world; they deserve to exist and to thrive.
- The Santa Fe River is pivotal in the economic, social, cultural, and spiritual life of Alachua County’s citizens, and is used to “brand” Alachua County.
- We want our children to be able to have the same experiences we’ve enjoyed in the springs and on the river.
- The Santa Fe River springs are the top layer of the groundwater that supplies our drinking water. If we save the springs, we save our drinking water.
Our legal system prioritizes business and commerce over natural living systems such as the Santa Fe. As a result, the State of Florida is not protecting our local life support system, the Santa Fe River bioregion. In order to level that legal imbalance, we aim to amend the Alachua County’s home-rule charter on the 2020 election ballot. This amendment would grant the Santa Fe River System full legal rights to thrive. The first step in this effort is a petition drive to gather over 20,000 signatures from Alachua County’s registered voters in support of the Santa Fe River Bill of Rights, by the deadline of February 21, 2020.
The Alachua County Commission will conduct a workshop on the Rights of Nature on Tuesday, February 11, in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (Room 209) on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville). The workshop begins at 9 a.m.
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting. It will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12, Facebook, and on the County’s Video on Demand website.