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Monday, September 29, 2008

Dr. Robert L. Knight: Saving Silver Springs can’t wait forever

Published September 28, 2008 - Gainesville Sun
I also found that the fish community at Silver Springs had declined by 78 percent during the intervening 25 years, and the changes were linked in time to the construction of Rodman Reservoir downstream on the Ocklawaha River.

The recent Silver Springs study also forecasted the condition of Silver Springs 50 years in the future (2055) as a result of continuing development in Marion County. These estimates predict an additional 84 percent increase of nitrate concentrations, an 18 percent additional decrease in flows, and further degradation of the biological community in Silver Springs.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This last weekend we did a river trip on the Silver River, our last trip was about 4 years ago, I was shocked by the poor water quality, clumps of brown alge everywhere,floating on the surface,covering all the underwater plantlife, the water even had a foul odor and no way as clear as it used to be. You can write gem off to "progress and development" and the greed of the politicians and their incompetence to stop the decline of this place that used to be so beautiful. Typical Florida. John Finn
Longwood, Fl.