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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer rains already fall short of averages

Published in print July 13, 2008
Rivers have recovered somewhat, but they are still below average. Stream flow readings on the Withlacoochee River near Trilby during May were among the lowest recorded levels historically. The river was healthier in June, but stream flow is still below the low end of the normal range.

While aquifer and river levels have improved compared to last year, lake levels are getting worse. In June, lake levels in Swiftmud's north district on average were 4.45 feet below the low end of the normal range, down from 4.44 feet in May and 4.43 feet in June 2007.

That means lakes are vanishing, leaving docks that end several feet before the shoreline and waterfront homes that no longer sit on water.
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