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Monday, September 08, 2008

Whatever the reason, lakes are vanishing

Published in Print September 5, 2008 - St. Petersburg Times
I've written grim columns about declining water levels in the Withlacoochee and Weeki Wachee rivers. I've scolded homeowners for jeopardizing our natural treasures by pumping millions of gallons of groundwater onto their lawns. I've said it's draining the beauty and value from our community.

They say pumping has drawn lake levels down less than a foot. The real problem is the pattern of low rainfall that dates back more than 30 years and may be due to anything from long-term cycles in the climate to global warming to loss of wetlands.

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