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Monday, March 09, 2009

Our famous springs need this water bill

Published In Print: Sunday, March 8, 2009 - St. Petersburg Times
In 2004, lawmakers boldly agreed to protect the Wekiva River system, voting that the Wekiva and "its associated springshed areas are of irreplaceable value to the quality of life and well-being of the people of the State of Florida" and that the "protection of the surface and groundwater resources, including recharge within the springshed that provides for the Wekiva River System, is crucial to the long-term viability of the Wekiva River and springs and the central Florida region's water supply."

Since then not a single additional spring or spring-fed ecosystem has been protected by legislative consensus. Though bills have been introduced each of the past three years, not one has made it to the floor of the House or Senate for a vote.
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