Silver Spring and Adena Water Permit Discussion TUESDAY

Posted by Trish Riley, April 2, 2012

Billionaire Frank Stronach’s plans for his 24,000-acre Adena Springs Ranch, just a few miles north of Silver Springs, include pumping 13 million gallons of water a day from the aquifer – more than the city of Ocala pumps every day, answers are warranted — to support farming operations. Industrial livestock operations are the biggest producer of methane gas pollution and one of the biggest drains on our water supply, as well as one of the biggest pollution threats to our freshwater supply. Water district planners want to know how community residents, who depend on fresh local water supplies, feel about giving away so much water to Adena. Follow the link below to provide input and attend the meeting Tuesday: APRIL 3, 6 – 8 P.M. at the Klein Center at Central Florida State College, 3001 SW College Rd., on SR 200 east of I-75 in Ocala.

The newly formed Silver Springs Alliance, led by Keeselring as its president, will host a community forum on the Adena Springs permit from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday night at the Klein Center at the College of Central Florida. The public is invited, and it is free.

Silver Springs needs our help.
by Karen Ahlers

On Dec. 2, 2011,Adena Springs Ranch submitted a consumptive use permit (CUP) application for 13.267mg/d for their property in the Silver Springs spring shed. That is more water than the 12mg/d required by the entire City of Ocala.

According to the application,this enormous quantity of water is needed to irrigate pasture for 30,000 grass-fed cattle and a
slaughter house operation near Ft.McCoy in Marion County.

St. Johns River Water Management District is currently conducting studies to determine minimum ecologically safe flows
and levels for Silver River. Completion of this study is necessary to determine if more water can be withdrawn without causing
substantial harm to this delicate aquatic system.

Please urge the SJRWMD to delay taking action on the CUP application until the MFL studies are completed.The springs’ flows are down 55% from the median flow of record. Drought, and over pumping of the aquifer, are mostly to blame.

The CUP application, #129419, is currently under review at this time and public comment is being accepted. Please exercise your right as a citizen. Click here to submit your comments to the District or email application

Also read:
Save the Springs
By Brad Rogers
Ocala Banner Editorial page editor

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