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  • A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.
    Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. Photo by Jim Reid, USFWS.

    Service extends comment period for proposed management changes at Three Sisters Springs

    November 23, 2015 | 1 minute read

    In response to requests received from the local community and elected officials, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the comment period by more than three weeks on a draft proposal for the future management of Three Sisters Springs at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge through Friday, December 18, 2015. “In conversations with tour operators, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, and congressional representatives, we believe extending the comment period on our revised proposal is needed,” said James Burnett, project leader for the Northwest Florida National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Read the full story...

  • A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.
    Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. Credit: Jim Reid, USFWS.

    Service offers refined alternative for access to Three Sisters Springs

    November 10, 2015 | 4 minute read

    A refined proposal to provide access to Three Sisters Springs at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is being released today and it includes three noteworthy changes from an August draft proposal released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After reviewing more than 2,600 comments from citizens, local leaders and the business community, the Service released a revised draft Environmental Assessment for public comment that it believes better matches up its need to protect manatees with local tourism and business interests and its partnership with the City of Crystal River.  Read the full story...

  • A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.
    Manatee. Photo by S. Whitecraft, USFWS.

    2014-2015 Three Sisters Springs management strategy to remain in place until draft environmental assessment is finalized

    October 14, 2015 | 2 minute read

    Earlier this year, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge developed a Draft Environmental Assessment for in-water activities at Three Sisters Springs for public review and comment. The Service received more than 2,600 suggestions during the comment period. Additionally, the City of Crystal River made substantive recommendations with an alternative approach. As a result, the Refuge is currently evaluating comments and revising the Draft Environmental Assessment based on the public’s input. “The comments from the public and our partners were very helpful, and we thank you for your interest,” said Andrew Gude.  Read the full story...

  • Two florida manatees grazing on the rocky bottom of a lagoon.
    Information icon Florida manatees grazing. Photo by Jim Reid, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service proposes winter restrictions on swimming, paddling with manatees at Florida’s Three Sisters Springs

    August 5, 2015 | 5 minute read

    New long-term management steps are being proposed to address record numbers of manatees wintering in Three Sisters Springs and substantial increases in the number of people wanting to see these endangered animals in their natural habitat. The Service outlined three management alternatives in a draft Environmental Assessment (draft EA) it released today ranging from no change to current practices, to limiting swimming opportunities, and halting all in-water viewing. The draft EA examines protection measures under each alternative and proposes to move forward with Alternative C - an option that significantly limits, but does not altogether prohibit swimming with manatees.  Read the full story...

  • Several manatee silhouettes from below with sun beams.
    Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, FL. Photo by David Hinkel, USFWS.

    Service to enact additional manatee protection measures at Three Sisters Springs

    February 26, 2015 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its Final Environmental Assessment “Manatee Wildlife Viewing on Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Three Sisters Springs, Citrus County, Florida.” “We appreciate the public’s support for our mission, and we carefully considered everyone’s comments,” said Andrew Gude, who manages Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Lower Suwannee, Cedar Keys, and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuges. “Thanks to that input, we hope we have reached the best way to protect manatees, and provide for positive experiences for people wanting to swim with these gentle giants.  Read the full story...

  • A Florida manatee calf sticks close to its mother in shallow water
    Information icon A Florida manatee calf sticks close to its mother in shallow water. Photo: Keith Ramos, USFWS

    Public invited to comment on proposed strategies to protect wintering manatees at Three Sisters Springs

    December 15, 2014 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to increase manatee protections and improve visitor experiences at Three Sisters Springs. The Service seeks public review of a draft environmental assessment for management actions to protect manatees and still allow public access at Three Sisters Springs during the winter season. “We have incorporated sound, professional judgment and safety considerations for manatees and people with this approach,” said Gude. “Our goal is to protect manatees and also allow a quality wildlife viewing experience.  Read the full story...

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