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Thursday, December 20, 2007

County demands river data

Published Dec. 19, 2007
St. Johns officials want counties and municipalities to choose by March or April the alternative water supplies they plan to be part of, so planning and early design may start. But minimum flows and levels for the Ocklawaha and Silver rivers are not due until the end of 2009. The Silver River feeds the Ocklawaha with water from Silver Springs.

Minimum flows and levels are intended to show a point at which any more surface withdrawals or groundwater withdrawals in the area could cause environmental harm. St. Johns officials told the County Commission during a meeting in late October that no plans to pump the Ocklawaha would be approved until minimum flows and levels were in place.

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