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Monday, January 21, 2008

A pipe dream for the future

Published Jan. 18, 2008 (Opinion)
Now that wasn't so hard, was it? Granted, it took four years for the city of Ocala and state water regulators to finalize an accord to fix the drainage system that runs along a 2.5-mile stretch of Silver Springs Boulevard, and eventually dumps into a feeder creek at the headwaters of the Silver River.

But the repair of the so-called "monster pipe," a nearly 5-foot-wide culvert that since the 1960s has dumped oil, pesticides and other pollutants running off from State Road 40 East into the river, and the supporting network of five retention ponds and underground pipes demonstrates the good that come from a cooperative effort between state and local government.

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