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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

State to protect land near Silver Springs

Published November 15, 2006
The state has more than 700 freshwater springs -- many impacted by encroaching development. A top priority is to protect about 14,000 acres around Florida's largest springs. Before Tuesday's decision, 1,721 acres had been acquired.

But the property provides essential recharge for the underground aquifer feeding the spring, which spews 530 million gallons a day into the 4-mile Silver River. State officials say groundwater from the site, which has 13 sinkholes, can reach the springs in a relatively short time -- about two to five years.

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