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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Florida Springs, Aquifer, And Drinking Water In Environmental Crisis (VIDEO)

Posted: 11/26/2012
Florida's "blue gold" -- the underground fresh water aquifer -- are at risk for drying up completely due to politics and Florida's massive water usage and environmental shortsightedness.

...the state's nearly 1,000 pristine springs -- contribute $300 million annually in tourism and connect the longest and deepest underwater cave system in the world -- it's also the very same source of Florida's drinking water.

State conservationists have resorted to independent research initiatives such as the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute to keep on top of the environmental crisis even without state funding.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Florida Springs, Aquifer, And Drinking Water In Environmental Crisis (VIDEO)

Published 11/26/2012 Huffington Post
Meanwhile, the biggest threats to the state's aquifers go unchecked: leaky septic tanks, excess fertilizer, and livestock waste raise pollution levels to 100 times the legal limit; and flow is diminished by groundwater withdrawals that reached 4.2 billion gallons a day in 2005.

You have people that are benefiting at the expense of the whole public, and the public is not organized, aware, or well-funded enough to do anything about it.”
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Valuing Florida’s Clean Waters

November 13, 2012 Earthjustice.org

In 1998 the EPA adopted the Clean Water Action Plan, which stated that excessive nutrient
pollution results in greater than expected growth of macrophytes or phytoplankton, and
potentially harmful algae blooms or outbreaks leading to declining oxygen levels, an imbalance
among aquatic species, public health risks, and a general degradation of the aquatic resource.
The “Key Action” for addressing nutrient over-enrichment was a requirement that states
develop and implement numeric limits on the amount of so-called “nutrients” – phosphorus
and nitrogen – allowed in waterbodies by the year 2004. If a state failed to do so, the EPA
would establish criteria for them. As of 2008 the state of Florida had implemented just one such
standard.

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