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Monday, December 15, 2008

Now is the time to protect Florida's precious springs

Published December 14, 2008 - Ocala Star-Banner
The magnificent artesian springs in Florida are displaying alarming changes, including reductions in water flow, elevated nutrient concentrations, reductions in natural aquatic vegetation and fish, and increasing populations of filamentous algae.

Declining flows may be the greatest threat to spring survival. Kissengen Spring in Polk County, White Springs in Hamilton County, and Worthington Springs in Union County, all former spring-focused resorts, have stopped flowing. A non-flowing spring is a sinkhole and a clear signal that groundwater levels have significantly declined.
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