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Sunday, May 29, 2011

JEA spigot going to full blast?

Published 5/9/2011 Suwannee Democrat
According to SJRWMD, over 50 percent of the water used in the district goes to lawn sprinklers for turf grass irrigation.

According to facts and models that have been presented at numerous public meetings, Jacksonville’s current water withdrawals are already drawing down our Floridan Aquifer as far west as White Springs in Hamilton County as well as lakes and wetlands in Union and Baker counties.

...JEA is proposing to increase its consumptive water use permit to 160 million gallons per day--that is two and a half times the daily flow of a first-magnitude spring like Volusia, Blue or Ichetucknee.

White Springs, on the Suwannee River in Hamilton County, used to be a tourist destination/health spa and popular place for public recreation, but has now dried up completely. The flow in Ichetucknee Springs is down 23 percent, and hydrologic data clearly shows that the groundwater divide between the SJRWMD and Suwannee River WMD has migrated almost to the edge of the Ichetucknee Spring Watershed.

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