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Monday, October 31, 2011

St. Johns water district eases permitting to tap aquifer

Published October 30, 2011 Orlando Sentinel Since the Scott administration's downsizing of the region's water-management district, the refocused agency has started making permit concessions that its staff previously would have rejected as potentially harmful to Florida's watery environment. In seeking to protect the region's drinking water from saltwater intrusion, and its wetlands, springs, rivers and lakes from running dry, the district has become increasingly assertive in recent years in coaxing utilities to cap their already heavy reliance on low-cost but limited water supplies in the Floridan Aquifer — a layer of porous, underground rock replenished by rainfall — and instead tap more-expensive sources such as the St. Johns River and recycled sewage. Source

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