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Monday, August 25, 2008

Lake County officials stand up to St. Johns 'water gods'

Published August 24, 2008 - Orlando Sentinel
Niagara wants the St. Johns River Water Management District to give it just under 500,000 gallons a day of water to put in bottles and sell.

Apopka is asking the district for 5 million gallons a day -- 10 times the amount that Niagara wants -- to water lawns.

But what Apopka wants will be far more damaging to Lake County's water systems because it will reduce the flow into the Harris Chain of Lakes, which already are at near-historic lows. And the St. Johns district's plan would open the floodgates to stick pumps in every lake and river that still has a trickle left to steal.

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