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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Lake may scale back growth plans because of water worries

Published April 2, 2008
Many cities that run public water utilities will be forced to pay hundreds of millions to tap into alternative water supplies from lakes and rivers. But if left unchecked, the Floridan Aquifer still could be heavily affected by owners of private, self-supply wells.

A draft report from the St. Johns River Water Management District shows how groundwater withdrawals exclusively from new self-supply wells across east Central Florida could inflict a devastating toll, dropping aquifer levels by up to 2 feet and possibly damaging more than 4,000 acres of wetlands in Lake County by 2030.

St. Johns officials want to meet with Lake's governments in the next few weeks. They will go before the Lake County Water Alliance at 5:30 p.m. April 9 in Leesburg.

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