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City of DeFuniak Springs hosting Lakefest May 30

The City of DeFuniak Springs is hosting their second annual “LakeFest” festival on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Lake DeFuniak, 3 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435. Water activities, fun, food, historical tours, arts and crafts, entertainment, car shows, children’s activities, 5K race, fun run and more will be on tap along Lake DeFuniak. For more information and registration information, go to http://www.defuniaksprings.net Schedule 6 a.m. –  5K & Fun Run/Walk Registration Click here to...

Guided tour of Western Lake May 19

Explore a coastal dune lake of South Walton County. This kayak tour will take you around Western Lake; one of the larger lakes of the coastal dune lake systems. Experience the diversity of wildlife and habitats that define these unique lake systems. This tour is led by the local and avid eco-tour guide Dave Posey. Moderate to high exertion level, depending on wind conditions.  Participants are asked to bring plenty of water, forecast compatible clothing and personal comfort items (i.e....

Take a guided kayak tour of Western Lake Nov. 13

Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m. Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. This tour is kayak only. Travel from the water entry point of Western Lake to the lake outfall into the Gulf of Mexico. Discussion topics will include history, coastal dune lake ecology, and local anecdotes, as well as, efforts to preserve the lakes and how the lakes preserve us. Moderate or higher exertion level,...

Take a guided tour of Peach Creek on kayak Oct. 9

Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. Guide: Karl Renelt. Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m. Launch from the astounding Eden Gardens State Park for a paddle tour through Tucker Bayou up to Peach Creek. Discuss environmental topics about marsh ecosystems and the local history including building of the Intracoastal Waterway, logging on the Choctawhatchee River, and turpentine industry. Moderate or higher exertion level, depending on wind...

Northwest Florida springs receive much needed boost

Holmes Creek, Econfina Creek, Wakulla Springs, and Jackson Blue spring to receive restoration funding On Sept. 10 2014, the Florida Joint Legislative Budget Commission approved the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed $69 million in springs projects leveraged by the $30 million Governor Scott secured in the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.” This approval brings the total investment in springs projects to more than $100 million in the last two years. The project plan is a collaborative effort with...