“Wekiva Legacy or Loss?”

Statewide PBS 60-minute documentary about the natural history of the Wekiva River and the current political & growth challenges the river faces in the future. Coproduced by Bill Belleville & Bob Giguere. Scripted by Bill Belleville. (2000) Funded by a Florida Wildlife Commission grant. Regional Emmy Award winner. Available as DVD from the Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc. on the store of their website and at public events and exhibits.“UCF on the Issues: St. Johns River”Lectures & powerpoint presentation at Leu Gardens symposium. Introduction by Linda Chapin, “500 years of Magic, Myth and Mayhem” visual presentation and lecture by Bill Belleville, which includes the larger St. Johns system, including the tributary of the Wekiva. 53 minutes. (2008.) Available on DVD and via:

“Apopka Blue Sink Dye Drop”

Footage of Cambrian Foundation divers in Apopka Blue Sink to release an eosine dye that they believed would connect the sink with Rock Springs in order to more fully explore the range of the Wekiva springshed. (2001) 3:18 min. Currently available on via streaming video.

“New Florida: Learning About the Aquifer”

Statewide PBS series from Miami PBS affiliate on communicating with a a girl scout troop about the aquifer. The Girl Scouts learned about the aquifer in the Wekiva Basin by talking directly to divers underwater at Apopka Blue Sinkhole via interactive audio & video from 70 feet under their feet. (2000)

“In Marjorie’s Wake: In Search of Rawlings, a River, and Time”

National PBS documentary available to all PBS affiliates in the U.S. from 2008-2010. The 60-minute film retraced a 1933 river trip by Pulitzer winning novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Side trips included a paddling sojourn on the Wekiva via the mouth at the St. Johns. Produced by Equinox Documentaries. Co-producer Bill Belleville & Bob Giguere; script by Bill Belleville. Available as DVD from www.Equinox website store.

“Meet the Friends of the Wekiva River”

Eight minute primer on the mission of the non-profit Friends of the Wekiva River. Produced by Equinox Documentaries, Inc. (1996) Available from FOWR.

“Promise to the Wekiva River”

Seven-minute high definition video about the importance and challenges of the Wekiva River system; designed to be used with “Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?” to help homeowners in the Wekiva basin and springshed make “pledges” to use little or no pesticides and nitrogen, and to upgrade septic systems in order to mitigate nitrate impacts on the groundwater. This is a partnership between Rotary Club of South Seminole, Wekiva River state Aquatic Preserve, and Friends of the Wekiva River. This short documentary will be available as a DVD package with the longer documentary, and will also be screened at public events. It can be used as “streaming video” on a website designed for the Promise program. Produced by Equinox Documentaries, Inc. Status: Produced and mastered for partner clients.

“Turtles of the Wekiva River”

A work in progress. Over 12 hours of topside and underwater high definition video has been shot with interviews with principal investigators about the importance of a ten-year turtle tagging program on the Wekiva River. The results help researchers and managers better understand the health of the river via the health of the turtle population. The project also serves as a “gateway” to understanding the interconnectedness of the Wekiva Basin many who only know of encounters with turtles on the river. Funded internally by Equinox Documentaries, Inc. Estimated final length: 10 to 14 minutes. Projected use: As DVD for educational outreach, and as streaming website video.

“Live Performance of the original award winning song ‘Wekiva”

Performed on the banks of that river by musician Angela Sterling Forest and Marble Feather. 5:03 minutes. The song was used throughout the PBS doc “Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?” 2001. Available in DVD, and can be viewed as a single release via:

“Naturally Central Florida: Wekiva River”

Multi-channel distribution segment that profiles the past & present accomplishments of Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc., a grassroots organization on the Wekiva River. Produced by Bob Giguere. 25 minutes.(2008) UCF’s Metro Center for Regional Studies. Available as DVD and via:

“Naturally Central Florida: St. Johns & Remote Springs of the Wekiva”

Multi-channel distribution segment on St. Johns River”. Segment focuses on the cultural & artistic connection to the river system and was shot in the Wekiva River Basin at Shark’s Tooth Springs, and on the Econ River. 25 minutes. Produced by Bob Giguere. On camera comments by Bill Belleville at Sharks Tooth Springs. (2008) UCF’s Metro Center for Regional Studies.Available on DVD, and via:

“Nature in Danger”

Orlando PBS affiliate, WMFE-TV.

Segment on Russ Fisher & Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc. to examine surface and groundwater issues and values. Producer Bob Giguere. 15 minutes. 1995.

“The Early Days of Equinox: Bringing Nature to You”

The fast-moving 38 second trailer that blends exciting topside and underwater nature visuals to illustrate some of the projects produced and engineers by Orlando-based non-profit Equinox Documentaries, Inc.

“Equinox: Who are We?”

An introduction to the nature and conservation work of the non-profit Equinox Documentaries as explained by founders Bill Belleville and Bob Giguere. 8:13 minutes. Available on the Equinox website and via:

Wekiva River Management Plan

The Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System Management Plan serves as the basis for protecting a designated river’s values to ensure the river will be protected in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy. The Management Plan was developed by the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee (AMC) in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) to fulfill this enabling legislation requirement.

Help Us Protect The Wekiva River

River Ambassadors fill critical roles on behalf of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System Management Advisory Committee, providing essential visitor services and supporting an “on the water” stewardship program. These vounteer positions include:

  • Education & Outreach
  • River Patrol
  • Promotion of Stewardship
  • Resource Management