Weeki Wachee River

Patrolling On The Weeki Wachee

Around 7 to 12 nautical meandering miles long, discharging around 150,000,000 gallons of crystal clear 72 degree water a day, Weeki Wachee River attracts tourists from all over the United States and internationally. 

That high volume of people comes with a downside; drugs, alcohol, and litter. 
That’s where Corporal Steven Kelly and Deputy Chris Downey of Hernando County Sheriff's Patrol come in.

Student concerns for Weeki Wachee River & Officials change ordinance governing alcohol on river

Approximately 30 letters from members of the Weeki Wachee High School National Honor Society (NHS) were sent to the commissioners and staff. The students who regularly participate in cleanup missions along the Weeki Wachee river urged commissioners to take action to save the river.

BOCC Looks to Citrus County for Restoration Ideas

At the request of Commissioner John Allocco, Dr. Michelle Sivilich, Executive Director of Save Crystal River, Inc., provided the Board of County Commissioners with a presentation regarding the Kings Bay Restoration Project on Feb. 25, 2020. Dr. Sivilich discussed the processes used and the efforts of the pilot restoration project, which entails the last five years.  

Weeki Wachee River Capacity Study

The long-awaited results from the Weeki Wachee River carrying capacity study conducted by an independent third-party consultant group were presented in a public workshop on February 5, 2020.  Human traffic -- which rose significantly in 2016 -- is shown to be the primary stressor, causing bank erosion and a decline in water quality.  No policies were made or changed during the meeting.

Marine Deputies Rescue Infant from Overturned Canoe

On 01-03-20, Marine Deputy Steve Snell was training Patrol Deputy Zachary Burkhart the position of Marine Deputy on the Weeki Wachee River. Both deputies were operating the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office personal watercraft (PWC) to patrol the river, conduct watercraft stops, and check vessels for safety equipment.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., both deputies stopped in the area of the 2-mile marker to take a lunch break when they observed a canoe overturn.

Leave no trash behind

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Beautiful White Egret leads us upstream during the Weeki Wachee Clean up

The weather was feared to be the worst according to the weather advisors, but that didn’t stop Eric Struchko's quest. That quest was to start cleaning up trash on the bottom of the Weeki Wachee River.

“I have been coming here since I was a child, I bring my family here every year and to see it go downhill over the years kind of sparked something in me,” said Eric Struchko of Lakeland, FL. Struchko is a member of Florida Coastal Conservation Association.