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Thursday, August 14, 2008

We have met Wekiwa Springs' enemy . . . and he is us

Published August 14, 2008 - Orange Sentinel (Commentary)
Normally, the water flowing out of the spring -- like water in a swimming pool -- is pretty sterile stuff. And that is why springs naturally are so clear.

But throw fertilizer in the mix and you create an algae buffet. It eats. It grows. It smothers the natural vegetation. It makes everything slimy. It's gooey to step in. The water gets greener. The globules start growing.

This isn't just a Wekiwa problem. It's going on in springs all across Florida. We are destroying these gin-clear gems.

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