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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Speakers address state of area’s springs, water supply at forum

Published August 5, 2014
St. Johns’ new and more accurate modeling shows that the existing groundwater withdrawal in the springs’ 800,000-acre springshed is already doing harm to the spring’s flow, Knight said.

Silver Springs’ flow has already decreased by at least a third compared to historical trends, and polluting nitrate levels have increased about 3,000 percent, Knight said. In the past few years, flow had fallen to 50 percent.

Silver Springs feeds the 4.5-mile-long Silver River, which empties into the Ocklawaha River.

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