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Monday, June 02, 2008

What Will You Find In A Sinkhole? Maybe A Sink

Published: May 30, 2008
Mattresses. Bicycles. Shopping carts. Even a light-duty pickup truck, complete with camper top.

These are just a few things residents saw fit to dump into sinkholes in Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, known as Swiftmud, just wrapped up a three-year project to collect debris from 18 sinkholes in the three counties.

The idea for the project came when a Swiftmud governing board member saw the documentary "Water's Journey" by Florida filmmaker Wes Skiles.

The documentary shows how water travels through the Floridan aquifer and out of springs. In one scene, the narrator notes how divers can tell they're getting close to a sinkhole because of the amount of litter floating in the water.

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