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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wakulla expands springs protection

Published 4/22/08
Wakulla County leaders on Monday unanimously approved new protections for Wakulla Springs that greatly expand the area where the county regulates the storage of certain chemicals, such as gasoline.

Monday's action, which environmental activists heralded as a major victory for the springs, amends a 1994 ordinance by expanding the Wakulla Springs Protection Zone fivefold, from 17 to 85 square miles. It comes after months of scientific research showing that the basin contributing to Wakulla Springs is much larger than previously thought and extends into Leon County and beyond into Georgia, said Chad Hanson, president of the Wakulla Watershed Coalition.

Hanson said much of the new zone was undeveloped except for one gas station
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