Silenced Springs: Moving from Tragedy to Hope

by Robert L. Knight

Old Timers who swam in Ichetucknee Springs in the 1920s called it ”the Boil”. They remember that the spring flowed at a much higher rate than today. Many of the Old Timers remember that you could see the boil was at least 3 inches higher than the water surface. The boil was so strong you could not swim across it. According to several Old Timers you could hear the water boiling out of the spring before you could see it. One said that you could hear it about 300 feet away. No one hears the Ichetucknee Head Spring boil today. While the spring still flows it has lost at least one quarter of its historic flow. It is silent now as are so many springs in Florida. 

Silenced Springs is a timely assessment of the current plight of Florida’s over 1,000 artesian springs, including their former glory, how they came to be impaired, and the hopeful path to their eventual restoration and protection. Dr. Knight is Florida’s premier springs scientist and weaves his personal experiences with technical data that document how Florida’s springs and aquifer are being depleted and polluted due to a combination of blind ignorance and willful greed. Many of the actors in this unfolding tragedy are identified and informed of their responsibility to save and restore these “bowls of liquid light.” Silenced Springs is a wake-up call to the millions of ordinary people who enjoy the refreshing, clear water of healthy springs. All of us who love the springs must rally together if Florida’s water future is to be secured and the ultimate demise of our springs is to be avoided. 

"[An] essential Florida book." - Tom Swihart, Watery Foundation

"With compassion, supported by scientifically derived documentation, Knight tells us things we don't always want to hear, but please pay attention." - Barbara A. Purdy, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Florida

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Design by Rick Kilby. Cover photo by John Moran. 

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Design by Rick Kilby. Inside cover photo by John Moran. 

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Where to Find Silenced Springs

Silenced Springs can be purchased online from Amazon.com for $22.95 (includes tax) plus $3.99 S&H. Please select the Florida Springs Institute as the seller. Click on the image below to view the book listing:


You can purchase Silenced Springs at the following locations:

Adventure Outpost

18238 US-441

High Springs, FL 32643

(386) 454-0611


Book Gallery West

Millhopper Shopping Center

4121 NW 16th Blvd.

Gainesville, FL 32605

(352) 371-1234


 Decades

15 N Main Street

High Springs, FL 32643

(386) 454-8525


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road

Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-2041


Rum 138

2070 SW Co Rd 138

Fort White, FL 32038

(386) 454-4247


Silver River Museum

1445 Northeast 58th Avenue

Ocala, FL 34470

(352) 236-5401


Silver Springs State Park

5656 E Silver Springs Boulevard

Silver Springs, FL 34488

(352) 236-7148


The Painted Table

Lake City Auto Mall

2441 NW 43rd Street # 5A

Gainesville, FL 32606

(352) 371-1555


Copies of Silenced Springs are also available for checkout at the following libraries: 


Marion County Library - Main

2720 E Silver Springs Blvd

Ocala, FL 34470

(352) 671-8551

Number of copies available: 1


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