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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Clay wants voice in usage of St. Johns River water

Published 11/22/07
The river withdrawals in particular have been controversial, with some North Florida residents opposed to using the St. Johns to fix what over-development caused in Central Florida.

"We are getting a lot of opinions, negative opinions and we are taking that to heart," Green said in a Tuesday presentation to the Clay County Commission. "Let us make the decision based on science, not emotion."

The studies were prompted by dwindling water sources in some counties, where further withdrawals from traditional groundwater supplies could harm lakes, springs and wetlands. The Legislature directed Florida's water management districts to identify potential water sources, including river and seawater, brackish groundwater and reclaimed water, that can be developed without causing harm to the environment, Green said.

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