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Saturday, July 12, 2008

River cleanup will be costly

Published 7/12/2008
A landmark plan to sharply cut pollution in the St. Johns River in Northeast Florida is nearly ready. But carrying it out will cost more than $500 million, and potentially well over $1 billion, environmental administrators say.

The cutbacks are needed to meet the Federal Clean Water Act, written in the 1970s but only being enforced belatedly and after a court fight over exactly what the law requires.

In theory, more than 25 percent of the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous flowing into the river would be cut. Those chemicals feed algae, which has been choking grass beds and harming areas where fish live.

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