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Monday, October 16, 2006

Blue Spring minimum flow set over manatee protest

Published October 11, 2006
The St. Johns River Water Management District approved a minimum long-term flow for Blue Spring Tuesday, vowing to restore the spring's flow to its long-term average.

The district, required by state law to set the flow, will phase it in by five-year increments until it reaches the long-term average of 157 cubic feet per second in 2024. That allows for a 15 percent decrease in the spring flow until 2009. But, district officials say that won't have negative impacts on the manatees, even though their numbers are expected to continue rising.

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