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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Manatee refuge puts river flow project on hold

Published October 16, 2009 - Tampa Bay Online
One of the spots where manatees are known to congregate is Sulphur Springs Park, where temperate water from an underground artesian spring flows into the river.

Tampa also relies on the spring, but for a different reason. The city has, for decades, pumped water from the spring to the Rowlett Park dam to supplement the millions of gallons a day it takes from the river to provide drinking water for its huge population.

The Sulphur Springs project calls for modifying the series of barriers the city has to prevent brackish tidal water from entering the spring to compensate for increasing the amount of fresh water the city plans to pump back up river below the dam.

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