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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Activists to rally around Wekiva River

Published 1/26/2013 Orlando Sentinel
The Speak Up Wekiva rally on Feb. 16 is billed as "a call to action to protect and restore the impaired Wekiva River, the troubled springs that feed it, and all of Florida's treasured waterways."

With former Florida Gov. Bob Graham among several speakers, the Silver Springs rally had an attendance of nearly 1,800 people and was considered a turning point for environmental awareness. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet approved a plan to add the springs and adjoining land to the state park system this year, taking over property that is now a private tourist attraction.

The Wekiva River is created by Wekiwa Springs in northwest Orange County and flows 16 miles along the borders between Orange, Seminole and Lake counties before joining the St. Johns River.

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