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 Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida Highlights

Film and Photographs Bring Florida's Aquatic Preserves to Life

Through film and photographs, take a magical journey into the living waters of Florida's aquatic preserves. Airing statewide on public television, the documentary Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida showcases a dozen of the State's 41 aquatic preserves, highlighting their natural and cultural significance.

"Florida is known throughout the world for its lush, watery landscapes. Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida emphasizes the more than five million acres of diverse water landscape and coastal areas that are critical to Florida's future," said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole. "This award-winning film and exhibit encourage us to be better environmental citizens and gives viewers an intimate look at the unique aquatic preserves of Florida."

Produced and directed by the Live Oak Production Group's Elam Stoltzfus, the documentary is hosted by renowned Florida artist Clyde Butcher and features original music by Floridian Sammy Tedder.

The Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, The Ocean Conservancy and The Gulf of Mexico Foundation supported the film's production.

Clyde Butcher photograph

Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida can be seen as part of an exhibit of Clyde Butcher photographs that is traveling around the state.

To purchase a copy of the documentary on DVD or VHS, call (850) 674-2902 or go to Live Oak Productions Group.


  • Watch for the Living Waters documentary and art exhibit - (02/10/2004) - This documentary highlights the beauty and importance of the state's aquatic preserve. The documentary will be showing on PBS stations this spring and a related art exhibit of photographs by Clyde Butcher will be traveling to museums throughout the state.

  • Film on Aquatic Preserves wins Crystal Reel Award - (6/29/05) - Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida received the prestigious Crystal Award for "Best Cinematography 2005" from the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association.

Last updated: November 07, 2016

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