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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Plan to tap St. Johns River alarms eco-activists; water district downplays fears

Published April 17, 2008
A national environmental group today named the St. Johns River one of the 10 most-endangered rivers in America because of Central Florida's growing thirst for drinking water.

The American Rivers organization acknowledged that its "endangered" label is based partly on science and partly on an attempt to gauge political, social and economic pressures that could impact a waterway.

The group has put out an annual list since 1986 and during that time has labeled nearly 250 of the nation's rivers and waterways as endangered. Among them were the Florida Everglades and the Peace and Caloosahatchee rivers.

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