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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Jacksonville Jaguars owners put $150,000 into fight over St. Johns River water

Published 8/8/2008 - Orange Sentinel
Team owners Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver announced they will give as much as $150,000 to the St. Johns Riverkeeper, an environmental group that has stirred mounting public opposition and filed legal actions to prevent Central Florida from using the river as a major supply of water.

Seminole County's initial request to take 5 million gallons daily from the river near Sanford was quickly opposed by North Florida. In coming years, Central Florida utilities may attempt to withdraw nearly 150 million gallons each day, or far more than the Orlando Utilities Commission now needs.

Edward de la Parte, a lawyer for Seminole County, said withdrawals of 5 million gallons daily won't harm the river, despite what Riverkeeper and others allege.

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