About 10 miles north of Alachua County, there’s a shop along Highway 441 called Adventure Outpost, where travelers can rent canoes, kayaks, and nature gear. Lars Anderson, one of its founders, leads tours along 60 different waterways in north and central Florida, and he gives three to four tours in a typical week. “I just want people to have a great time with nature,” he says. Anderson serves on the advisory board of the Florida Springs Institute, an independent research organization formed in 2010 to reverse statewide trends of aquifer depletion and nitrate pollution threatening the springs. Read more >>

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The photos (above) were taken at Adventure Outpost and Ichetucknee Springs. To learn more, check out When the Springs Run Dry: Independent Researchers Fight to Save Florida’s Springs.