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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Raising Level of Lake Hancock to Eliminate 31 Houses

Published: October 7, 2007
Eighty years ago the (Peace) river was full of gushing springs, maintaining a vibrant flow of river water, said Mark Hammond, Swiftmud's director of resource management.

"As Polk County started to develop the easiest thing to do was to drop a well and pull water out," he said. "As we saw increases in withdrawals we saw corresponding decreases in aquifer levels."

By the early 1960s many of the springs along Peace River had dried up, Hammond said, leaving surface water as the only way to keep the river flowing. But Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate and during droughts parts of the river become more suited for walking than canoeing.
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