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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Protecting river is not radical

Published 3/18/08 (Letter to Editor)
The letter about the St. Johns Riverkeepers published March 10, evidences a narrow and incomplete knowledge of the issues raised by the St. Johns Water Management District's plan to siphon water from the St. Johns River.

The district has ignored alternatives such as better regulation of water consumption, and better reuse of water for irrigation and other non potable uses, which account for more than half of our present usage.

The district estimates it will cost $4 billion to treat the river water, which will buy only 10 years of relief, after which we will have to begin desalinization of ocean water at three times that cost.

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