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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Excerpts from editorials in Florida newspapers

Published June 10, 2008
The findings of a recent Florida Geological Survey analysis of Fanning Springs are alarming and put that out-of-the-way landmark front and center of the springs discussion. Again, the springs is far from any major urban center, yet hydrologists for the FGS report the spring has one of the highest nitrate levels of any of Florida's more than 300 springs.

But that is not the worst of it. FSG geologist Tom Greenhalgh said at a recent meeting of the Fanning Springs/Manatee Springs Basin Working Group that the spring, one of Florida's 33 first-magnitude springs, no longer emits enough water to be categorized a first-magnitude spring. A first-magnitude spring pumps out at least 60 million gallons of water per day, or 100 cubic feet per second. Fanning Springs has been averaging about 71 cubic feet per second for at least a decade.

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