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Thursday, August 28, 2008

St. Johns River: Some statements clarified

Published 8/27/08
The Aug. 18 letter titled "St. Johns River: Agencies must act responsibly" contained some inaccurate information that warrants clarification.

The St. Johns River Water Management District has not "issued a permit for an out-of-state company to pump 177 million gallons of water a day out of this same aquifer so that it can sell bottled water out of state."

The permit request referred to has not gone to the district's governing board for a vote.

While the district staff recommended approval of 484,000 gallons a day, with limiting conditions, the issue will be first heard by an administrative law judge with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

We welcome discussion of water supply issues and encourage the public to visit http://www.sjrwmd.com for accurate and complete information on what is being done to protect and restore the St. Johns River.

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