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Sunday, April 06, 2008

3 Orlando-area lakes new battleground in water-source struggle

Published 4/5/2008
Opening a new front in Florida's water wars, Orange County and St. Cloud are fighting with state officials over proposals to draw water from a trio of lakes in the ecologically sensitive Kissimmee River basin.

The lakes that the two Central Florida governments are seeking to tap into help make up the headwaters for Florida's Everglades. Some environmentalists fear that siphoning from them might hinder billions of dollars in public-restoration projects in the massive South Florida swampland.

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