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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Water wars put springs in spotlight

Older article but good info Published May 14, 2007
The Lilly Springs proposal comes on the heels of a unrelated plan at nearby July Springs, where the owner of Ginnie Springs resort wants to bottle 600,000 gallons a day.

Advocates say the Suwannee district's springs already show signs of excessive withdrawals. Jim Stevenson, the head of a state group charged with protecting Ichetucknee Springs, said the feature called a "spring boil" - or the bubbling effect caused by a strong springs flow - is a relic of the past because of excessive pumping

Water withdrawals from the Floridan Aquifer already increased by more than 500 percent from 1950 to 2000, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

PCS Phosphate near White Springs is allowed to draw up to an average of 248 million gallons a day.

Progress Energy, is allowed to draw up to 220 million gallons (But most of the water is used in the plant's cooling process and eventually returned to the river.)

Buckeye Florida is allowed to draw up to an average of 49 million gallons a day for its pulp mill near Perry.

The Division of Forestry's Andrews Nursery can withdraw up to an average of 11.7 million gallons a day for its pine-growing operation near Chiefland.

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