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Friday, March 21, 2008

Withlacoochee water board wants a permanent office, staff for agency

Published March 20, 2008
Board members unanimously approved creating a permanent office and staff for the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority using money from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and local governments that are part of the agency.

Al Grubman, president of the environmental group TOOFAR, objected to a suggestion that water from the Withlacoochee River be diverted during flood periods into reservoirs to hold for inevitable dry times.

The river, he explained, rises and falls on a regular basis and feeds the extensive Citrus County Tsala Apopka lake chain. Steering it to holding areas would damage the natural water systems.

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