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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Local governments ask legislators to protect water

Published Nov. 28, 2007
One week after the Marion County Commission voted down its springs protection ordinance, Commission Chairman Charlie Stone presented springs protection as the county's number-one legislative priority for the upcoming 2008 session in Tallahassee.

On the issue of water supply, the county pushed for the establishment of minimum flows and levels for the Ocklawaha River before plans to potentially pump it for water supply are pushed ahead. Marion County and Ocala officials both urged lawmakers to fund research into desalination plants for the state's long-term water supply instead of pumping rivers such as the Ocklawaha. State Rep. Kurt Kelly, R-Ocala, has introduced a bill that would get that program started.

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