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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Spring Rejuvenation

Published November 4, 2008 - Hernando Today
The Weekiwachee River springhead is the target of a half-million dollar restoration project to remove debris and algae and to replant the natural botanical bounty that will help keep the water clean.

It's an effort by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to get the springs looking like they did six decades ago, when the first mermaid performer dipped a tail into the 72-degree water.

Divers will use a massive vacuum system to suck out an estimated 6,100 cubic yards of accumulated algae and sediment - enough to fill more than 600 dump trucks. A system of pumps will push the muck under State Road 550 and into a borrow pit in Weeki Wachee Preserve, a large swath of district-owned land.
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