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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A necessary step

Published 11/04/08 - The Florida Times-Union
The effort by the Lower St. Johns River Total Maximum Daily Load Executive Committee caps nearly a decade of work. It provides a roadmap for preserving and improving 101 miles of the river between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ocklawaha River, the largest tributary to the St. Johns.

Gov. Charlie Crist came to Jacksonville recently to acknowledge the plan's completion and tout the river's importance to the region's future.

The federal Clean Water Act mandates the creation of a management plan. The Basin Management Plan spells out responsibilities for governments, utility companies, industries and others regarding what can be discharged into the river and at what levels. It also spells out other efforts to improve the river's health, such as water reuse and septic tank removal.

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