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Lost Springs of the Ocklawaha River Arbus Magazine. October 25, 2017. ““What do you mean by drawdown?” I’m talking with Neil Armingeon, then St. Johns Riverkeeper. Spring of 2012. “The Rodman,” the voice crackles over the mobile phone…”
Lost Springs: Collab between UNF and MOCA News4Jax. September 22, 2017.

Margaret Ross Tolbert’s art explores the ‘Lost Springs’ of the Ocklawaha River The Florida Times-Union. September 10, 2017. “As an artist, Gainesville’s Margaret Ross Tolbert has often been drawn to the exotic, which explains why she has worked in such Silk Road places as Turkey and Azerbaijan. Then Tolbert began exploring the springs along the Ocklawaha River, including the 20 drowned springs covered by the Rodman Reservoir that was created when the Kirkpatrick Dam (formerly the Rodman Dam) was built to block the eastward flow the river…”


On the River: Lost Springs of the Ocklawaha EU Magazine. September 10, 2017. “There are major environmental catastrophes, protests and movements getting a lot of media attention in the U.S. these days. In northeast Florida, most people know about the proposed dredging or Central Florida’s water grab from the St. Johns River fueled by the expansion of suburbs and green lawns. Many people may also know about the Rodman Dam, officially called the Kirkpatrick Dam, which was built in the 1970’s as a part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal…
Florida’s Drowned Forest Jacksonville Magazine. August 29, 2017. “Since Europeans first discovered and inhabited La Florida, men have searched for a way to avoid sailing around the peninsula to reach the Gulf of Mexico. A more efficient route to move goods to and from the Atlantic was a dream of many a would-be tycoon…
UNF and MOCA Jacksonville Present Lost Springs Project UNF, Department of Public Relations. August 17, 2017. “The University of North Florida Lufrano Intercultural Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF, will present the “Lost Springs” project in a series of exhibitions and events, beginning Thursday, Sept. 14, and running through Sunday, Dec. 31. The “Lost Springs” chronicles the tragic demise of the iconic springs of the Ocklawaha River in North Central Florida…
Best bets for the weekend The Gainesville Sun. June 23, 2017. “The fascinating story of the Ocklawaha River’s hidden springs — which returns every three to five years when there’s a drawdown at the Rodman Reservoir — comes to life in this new documentary by Matt Keene, which will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday at the Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Ave…
Peggy Macdonald: Capturing the magic of ‘lost springs’ The Gainesville Sun. June 21, 2017. “Every three to five years the lost springs of the Ocklawaha River awaken during a months-long drawdown at George Kirkpatrick Dam. During the 2015-2016 drawdown, springs artist Margaret Tolbert and filmmaker Matt Keene traveled to the Ocklawaha to capture the magic of their rebirth, both on canvas and on film...”