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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Why we must have a Water Wars Summit

Published Oct. 4, 2007
Worried that outsiders want to siphon off the Ocklawaha River? Then you need to know that the Smart Growth Coalition of North Central Florida, in conjunction with the Putnam County Environmental Council, is sponsoring an important Water Wars Summit concerning the pipeline threat to the Ocklawaha River.

The summit is scheduled for this Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at the Marion County Commission Auditorium, in the McPherson Governmental Complex, 601 S.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.

Here, you'll learn how dozens of Central Florida utilities, having used up their own local surface and ground waters, now want to build a $500 million pumping plant and 136-mile long pipeline to siphon off as much as 108 million gallons a day from the Ocklawaha River to "fuel" development on their own turf, even though nobody knows if this is a safe thing to do.

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