Production Opinions

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Steam wisps across the surface of Ginnie Springs at the campground in High Springs in 2018. Sadly, he is correct when he states that most springs are flowing at 30% to 50% of their historical average, and one cannot dispute that nutrient pollution is caused by the overuse of fertilizers and insufficiently treated stormwater. He is also correct when he states that “every drop of water extracted from the Floridan aquifer reduces spring flows by an equal amount …” That being the case, why wouldn’t you start a springs recovery by stopping a consumptive use permit that is up for renewal today? Why wouldn’t you start by eliminating an extraction that only benefits a private corporation at the expense of springs that the taxpayers are putting tens of millions of dollars into each year to recover? I would dispute that stopping bottled water extractions is a “distraction” from the job at hand — it is the first step. It is the easiest step, in fact — agricultural use needs to be reduced, but that has to be done with surgical precision, so as not to overly disrupt our food supply. Additionally, much of the agricultural extraction is returned to the aquifer, whereas most of the bottled water in the region is shipped out of the area. Considering Nestle Waters North America’s business model, it is ludicrous to promote them as allies in efforts to maintain flowing freshwater springs. Their history is one of over-pumping freshwater supplies to depletion, which is one of the reasons that they are looking to transport bulk water from Ginnie Springs to their Madison Blue facility, which can no longer provide find more information that installation with sufficient fresh water to fully utilize its bottling capacity. Again, Dr. Kincaid is correct when he says that existing management strategies are not filling the bill.

https://www.gainesville.com/story/opinion/2020/11/23/michael-roth-eliminating-bottled-water-easiest-step-starting-springs-recovery/3777542001/ [Water Consumption] [Education]