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Monday, January 21, 2008

St. Augustine summit hopes to prevent water wars over St. Johns River

Published 1-18-2008
Central Florida's withdrawals from the St. Johns will be the topic of a water summit Friday, Jan. 25, in St. Augustine.

Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty was asked to be there, when the Northeast Florida Regional Council, led by council President and Clay County Commissioner Harold Rutledge, hosts the "Northeast Florida Regional Water Supply Summit: The Future of the St. Johns River." Orange County's intentions to tap into the St. Johns have just begun to come to light.

Seminole County is completing its application for a surface-water-treatment plant at Yankee Lake, drawing water from the St. Johns River.

According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, the City of Melbourne is permitted to withdraw up to 13.1 million gallons per day from the St. Johns River, and has been using this source for more than 48 years.

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