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Monday, February 19, 2007

With aquifer stressed, reservoirs are needed

Published 2/18/07
Shows picture of Kissengen Spring as seen in 1894. Decades later, when Florida put greater demands on its water, the spring water disappeared.

Just a few decades ago, fresh water was so abundant in Southwest Florida that homes near the upper Peace River were built on stilts and developers looked for ways to drain tens of thousands of acres for farms and cities.

Water levels in the Floridan Aquifer, a deep underground reservoir once thought to be inexhaustible, have fallen 50 feet. For decades, salt water has been pushing into the aquifer, contaminating the freshwater supply.
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