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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jacksonville, others object to St. Johns River pumping

Published 2/22/2008
Officials on Thursday vowed a legal challenge to a Central Florida request that could have been granted as early as next month. They say they feel betrayed by water managers who promised more scientific study before allowing withdrawals from the St. Johns River.

Seminole County is asking the St. Johns River Water Management District to pump 5.5 million gallons per day from the river for irrigation. District staff endorsed the permit last week; the governing board must give it final approval.

Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton has directed city attorneys to file a formal objection, spokeswoman Susie Wiles said. The St. Johns Riverkeeper, a private organization, is also pursuing legal action. St. Johns County is considering it.

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