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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pipeline will protect St. Johns River

Published 8/20/2008 - The Florida Times-Union
As the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's district director for this region, and someone who has been actively involved in major efforts to improve water quality in the river, I would like to clear up some misinformation and address some of the questions that have been raised, specifically regarding Georgia-Pacific's plans to begin construction on a pipeline to relocate the Palatka facility's discharge from Rice Creek to the St. Johns River.

Soon a Basin Management Action Plan - a road map for restoration identifying improvement projects will be completed, which will remove nearly 6 million pounds of nutrients from the lower basin of the river each year.

It is important for the public to be informed about the real facts of this project. To ensure that information is readily available, we have created a Web site with information at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/northeast/Current-Topics/GeorgiaPacific.htm

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