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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Waterways hears update on water withdrawal challenges

Published 03/07/2008
What many may not know is how Seminole County through its Yankee Lake water treatment facility plans to use the water.

“The 5.5 million gallons (planned for withdrawal each day) is not for drinking water,” Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon told the Jacksonville Waterways Commission Thursday. “That water is to irrigate lawns. This is not about drinking water. It’s about taking water from the St. Johns River to water lawns.”

Armingeon and others concerned with the long-range effects of massive withdrawals by Central Florida insist the permit that was recommended to be issued to Seminole County by the St. Johns River Water Management District is the first of many. While none of the permits may be for huge amounts of water on a daily basis, it’s the cumulative effects that cause worry among many in Northeast Florida.

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