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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Water bottlers protected by U.S. Constitution

Published July 2, 2008
Florida Rep. Debbie Boyd (D-Newberry) said communities cannot stop a company from bottling water out of the Santa Fe River or elsewhere, just because it is a water-bottling company.

The U.S. Constitution prevents communities from discriminating against a business based on the type of business it is, Boyd said, but there can be restrictions on all businesses through zoning regulations.

The Suwannee River Partnership formed in 1999 and brought together residents, farmers, scientists, environmental specialists and business owners to work toward a common goal — protecting the natural resources in the Suwannee River Basin.

Reduction of nitrogen leaching into the aquifer has been achieved through the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs), the agricultural leaders said. Through BMPs, farmers also have saved a billion gallons of water in the Suwannee River Basin each crop season year, Hoblick said.

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