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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Florida's Thirst for Water Pressuring Wild River, Experts Say

Published November 21, 2006
In water-starved Florida, the Suwannee River is a treasure more precious than gold.

Without any dams, it is the only undisturbed major river system in the southeastern United States.

But Florida's explosive population growth—and the unquenchable thirst that comes with it—has some wondering how long the Suwannee can keep flowing at its current levels.

Situated 160 driving miles (260 kilometers) south of where the Suwannee reaches the Gulf of Mexico, the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area is home to more than 2.5 million people.

That area has depleted its groundwater supplies and must now find new water sources.

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