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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Water Wars, Part II: Pipeline would take water from river for towns

Published 9/13/07
A proposed pipeline to pump 100 million gallons of water a day from the Ocklawaha River in Marion County to the Orlando area should be a concern for everyone in North Central Florida, according to a local environmental group.

That's because the half-a-billion dollar, 100-mile pipeline could set a precedent for moving water across county and even water management district lines, according to the environmental group Save Our Suwannee.

Part of Florida’s law, commonly referred to as “Local Sources First,” says that water can be transferred across water district boundaries only on the conditions that the transfer does not diminish the availability of water for the present and future needs of the sending area and also that the receiving area must have exhausted all reasonable local sources and options.

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