New Bill Could Protect Springs - But Not All Of Them
ALACHUA COUNTY - A new bill in the Florida senate could expand protection for springs in Florida but not all springs are created equal.
Only those waterways desginated as "first magnitude springs" will be included for protection in the bill and labled as "outstanding Florida springs."
They are the ones with the highest flow levels.
Alachua County Environmental Protection leaders tried to get Poe Springs on the list but they don't qualify.
One visitor who brought 11th graders to Poe Springs from St. Pete say protection is needed so future students can visit.
Molly Smith, visiting Poe Springs: "we need to be very prudent about run-off and I think we need to be very concerned about the level of development to maintain the purity of these springs we do have a treasure a natural treasure here."
Some springs that would be included in our area are Fanning Springs, the Itchetunkee Springs group, and Hornsby Springs.
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