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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Column: How a good springs bill died

Published May 5, 2014
There are tremendous demands on our water resources due to excessive pumping of groundwater by public and private utilities, agriculture, business and industry, and shameful pollution of our springs from millions of septic tanks, improperly used fertilizer, unwise land-use practices and substandard wastewater treatment plants. Yet our Legislature continues to allow those who are responsible avoid responsibility.

Think of once famous White Sulfur Springs and Kissengen Springs — they are bone-dry — and Chassahowitzka, Silver, Rainbow, Wakulla and many other springs have lost their past splendor to murky, algae-laden water and reduced flow. Ask yourself if this is the Florida you want.

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