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FLOATING AWAY — People ride inflatable tubes down the gentle current of the Blue Spring Run on a recent summer day.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service are holding an information session stabilizing the banks of the spring run at Blue Spring State Park.

Blue Spring is the largest first-magnitude spring along the St. Johns River, and an important warm-water refuge for the Florida manatee.

Maintaining the banks along the spring run will ensure continued access for wildlife, as well as improve visitor safety and preservation of ecological and historic resources.

FWC staff will provide an overview and timeline of the activities planned to secure the eroding banks. Interested stakeholder groups and local residents are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will take place 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Orange City Council Chambers, 201 N. Holly Ave. in Orange City. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Learn more about FWC’s Aquatic Habitat Restoration activities by visiting https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/habitat/ahcr/.

— Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission