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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Development draining springs feeding St. Johns, scientists say

Published Aug. 11, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union
The drop in water production was reported at Silver Springs, a Marion County tourist attraction where people in glass-bottom boats peer into clear, deep water, and at four smaller sites in Central Florida: Fern Hammock , De Leon , Rock and Wekiwa springs

In 1949, just 3 percent of the ground in the Silver Springs springshed was considered “urban,” or heavily developed. By 2005, that had changed to 37 percent, the report said. Over the same period, the area considered natural, undisturbed land dropped from 74 percent to 36 percent.

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