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Monday, August 27, 2007

State sets limits for how low Santa Fe can go

Published 8/23/07
Robert Baker, who lives on the lower Santa Fe River, is happy that the local water district is working to apply minimum water flows protection on the upper Santa Fe River.

But Baker is not satisfied with the technical report -- a massive collection of data going back 70 years -- that consultants for the Suwannee River Water Management District used to determine how low the flows of the river could go before causing "significant harm."

The results allow for a 15-percent loss of habitat on the upper Santa Fe River.

The purpose of establishing MFLs is to provide technical support for permitting water for consumptive use. The results of the MFLs will affect permitting of water use for years.

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