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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Students Learned about Wakulla's Environment at 2009 SEEK Conference

Published 07-28-2009 - Wakulla.com
Teenagers from across Florida converged on the Lodge at Wakulla Springs State Park for two 4-day conference sessions in July. The 2009 SEEK environmental conference attracted 55 high school students from as far away as Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.

After enjoying a boat ride at Wakulla Springs, first-time participants learned about Karst hydrogeology, nutrient pollution, and springs protection. They swam in Wakulla Springs and canoed on the Wakulla River, spotting manatees and other wildlife.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Judge’s Ruling Signals End to Tri-State Water Dispute

Published Jul 17, 2009 - WCTV
In the decision, U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson ruled that Congress needs to approve use of the water from Lake Lanier for water supply – which currently amounts to nearly one-quarter of the conservation storage. In addition, Judge Magnuson ordered that all water withdrawals be frozen at current levels for the next three years until Congressional authorization is given or if some other resolution is reached. If Congress does not approve a reallocation within that period, then water withdrawals from Lake Lanier will revert to “baseline” operation of the mid-1970s.

“Today’s ruling is a monumental milestone in the 18-year battle between Florida, Alabama and Georgia over the waters of the ACF basin, underscoring the importance of the Apalachicola’s environment and economy,” said Governor Crist. “The Judge’s decision allows the governors to come together to reach an agreement outside of the court system. I look forward to working with Governors Riley and Perdue to find a solution that will be beneficial for all of our states.”
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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Wal-Mart holds meeting, gives no presentation about planned supercenter

Published 7/3/09 - High Springs Herald
Articles includes a site plan map shows the nearly 155,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter with accompanying parking low and retention pond area. Mill Creek Sink can be seen at the far right of the photo. Wal-Mart officials said they could not answer questions about the sinkhole, which sends water into an aquifer conduit that takes water to Camp Kulaqua and the Santa Fe River. Wal-Mart officials said Wal-Mart does not own that land and that questions should be directed to The First Street Group, which owns the sinkhole and the land around it.
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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Crist signs bill condemned by environmentalists

Published Jul. 1, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union
Gov. Charlie Crist signed a contentious bill Tuesday that moves permitting power over communities’ water use into the hands of executive directors at the state’s five water management districts.

State laws and board policies allowed that except in the case of major water-consumption permits, such as permits to use more than 500,000 gallons daily, and other large-scale environmental permits, such as for construction affecting more than 100 acres or work impacting more than one acre of wetlands.
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