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Friday, December 21, 2007

Sulphur Springs Revisited

Published: December 20, 2007
In 1986, high fecal coliform bacteria counts forced the city to close the spring to swimmers, along with the lagoon that carries the spring water to the river. The bacteria, which originate in waste from warm-blooded animals and humans, are carried to the spring via sinkholes north of Sulphur Springs, as well as in stormwater runoff from the surrounding area.

Activists such as Russell hold out hope that someday the spring will be clean enough to swim in again. On a recent walk beneath the mossy live oaks around the spring, Russell stared sadly at the "No Swimming" signs on fences around the spring and lagoon.
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