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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Water management updates, future plans aimed at protecting resources

Published September 05, 2009 - Bradford County Telegraph
The district has the highest concentration of natural springs anywhere in the world. More than 250 have been identified, and more than 170 feed the Suwannee River. They are particularly important during low flow periods because they account for 72 percent of the river's flow, so it's vital to the economy that the springs and the aquifer that feeds them be protected, Minnis said. If water levels drop too low, then those springs will dry up.

At the same time, a great deal of the surface watersheds are outside the water management district's jurisdiction and even out of the state and the Florida Aquifer is an important source of water for this state as well as southern parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
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