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Sunday, September 09, 2007

County focuses on two water-pollution problems

Published Sep. 5, 2007
In a small patch of woods west of the intersection of U.S. 441 and Southeast 31st Street is a sinkhole. Untreated rainwater runoff - and the oils, pesticides and other chemicals it carries - flow through this 60-foot-wide and 40- to 50-foot deep depression and into the Floridan Aquifer and eventually Silver Springs.

Along State Road 40 just east of the Silver Springs theme park is another source of water pollution, often dubbed the "monster pipe." For about 40 years, the 52-inch-wide concrete pipe with a metal grate over its mouth has dumped untreated stormwater runoff from a 2-1/2 mile stretch of SR 40 into Half Mile Creek. The creek then flows into the Silver River at a point a short distance east of the head spring of Silver Springs. Where the creek meets the river, algae colors the surface green.
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