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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rainbow River's rescue begins

Published 11/13/2010 Ocala.com
Visibility at the springhead is about 300 feet. That drops to about 50 feet as the river meanders 5.7 miles to the Withlacoochee River in Dunnellon.

“Somewhere around 1960, (the nitrate levels) started to rise, and particularly in the past 10 years it dramatically started rising. And the thing is, it's still rising,” he said.

Its groundwater recharge area is 470,000 acres, or 735 square miles, covering portions of Alachua, Levy and Marion counties. Some experts estimate that ground water may take as long as 30 years to reach the spring vents from the recharge areas.