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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Money for Wakulla Springs' restoration plan slashed

Published 6/2/2011 Tallahassee Democrat
Members of the Wakulla Springs Basin Working Group learned Thursday that funding for the group and development of a restoration plan for the spring has been eliminated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

In an email to working group members, Bob Knight, president of Wetland Solutions Inc., which had been contracted to lead a $72,000, three-year study and produce a restoration plan, said he was informed after last week’s working group meeting that funding for the project would be cut.

Stevenson says Florida’s springs need leaders. He advocates raising public awareness about the value of springs, including the formation of a “Florida Springs Alliance” to get the word out and pressure government officials.

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