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Sunday, August 05, 2007

County readies for fight over river

Published July 25, 2007
Marion County commissioners threatened during a Tuesday workshop to fight the St. Johns Water Management District and as many as 25 central Florida utilities intending to siphon water out of the Ocklawaha River.

Marion currently uses about 85 million gallons per day, or mgd, of groundwater. A recent water study predicted there was only another 25 mgd left to withdraw before negatively affecting the Rainbow and Silver River springs. The county will need an estimated 203 mgd by 2055.

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