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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Where will our water come from?

Published 2/16/08
The battle lines are being drawn over plans to tap the Ocklawaha and St. Johns rivers to supply a growing population.

Water managers say the rivers would help diversify sources as demand outpaces available groundwater. Environmental advocates say water managers are failing to fully consider the repercussions and should explore other options, such as water conservation, seawater desalination and limits on water permits.

We've got to begin to address per-capita water use and limit our growth," said St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon, pointing to figures showing Florida uses water at a higher rate than the rest of the nation.

"We are using water at a rate that is no longer sustainable."

Armingeon spoke Friday as part of the Rally for the Rivers 2008. The three-day event, organized by the Putnam County Environmental Council, had previously focused on environmental issues surrounding the Rodman reservoir and dam on the Ocklawaha.

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