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Monday, December 31, 2012

Restoring Silver Springs: It’s a regional challenge

Published 12/30/2012 Ocala.com
On Dec. 11, the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District held the fourth and final meeting concerning their new Springs Protection Initiative. 

Average flows at Silver Springs during the past decade are reduced by 32 percent compared to the average of the previous 70 years, and down by 50 percent during the past two years. Silver Springs also is suffering from nitrate-nitrogen concentrations more than 25 times higher than historic levels, a result of excessive fertilizer use and inadequate treatment of human and animal wastes.

However, the district’s own data show that groundwater pumping from the Floridan Aquifer exceeds 1.2 billion gallons each day, which is groundwater that otherwise would have flowed to the springs.

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