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Thursday, May 30, 2013

What we think: State officials fiddling while the Wekiva dies

Published May 29, 2013 Orlando Sentinel(Opinion)
On a recent visit to the once pristine, now algae-fouled river — led by the St. Johns River Water Management District — Sentinel environmental reporter Kevin Spear asked officials if they were alarmed by the condition of the waterway that runs between Orange, Seminole and Lake counties.

Leaders in the Florida Legislature have been patting themselves on the back lately for including $10 million to protect and restore springs in the $74 billion state budget that lawmakers passed this month. But the money for springs represents less than 10 percent of the $122 million that the five water districts estimated would be needed for a comprehensive springs plan.

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