Public vigilance and a healthy share of skepticism are the best protections against the continuing degradation of Silver Springs. | Gainesville.com

Posted by Robyn, February 8, 2013

Silver Springs has been the subject of considerable attention for the past year. Last spring, Silver Springs’ flows were plummeting to a record low and nitrate contamination was at an all-time high.

The proposed Adena Springs Ranch was requesting a permit to withdraw an additional 13 million gallons per day from the aquifer feeding Silver Springs. The ranch was also planning to put 30,000 cattle with a manure production of about 2 million pounds per day in the spring’s groundwater recharge basin.

More than 1,700 local citizens attended a “Speak Up: Silver Springs” rally at the Silver River State Park to hear keynote speaker and former Governor and Senator Bob Graham call for enforcement of existing laws to protect the quantity and quality of water at Silver Springs.

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