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Rotarians look for those who will take the 'Promise'

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Tri County Springs Promise is ready to hit the road and work to preserve the water quality in the area’s waters.

Charlie Smith, president of the Trenton Rotary Club unveiled a new PowerPoint presentation that promotes the program and seeks money to support its projects.

“We’ve gotten involved in this thing and we’ve got to keep pushing. It’s a three-year program,” the Gilchrist County businessman said.

He said storm water runoff is part of the problem polluting area waters.

“You can see what the river’s done,” he said referring to the Suwannee River, “Those of you who have grown up here can see the change.”

A graphic on the amount of nitrates in the water showed a roller coaster rise in one fast-growing area.

“Fanning Springs has skyrocketed,” he said. “A big part is homeowners with septic tanks.”

The project targets homeowners asking them to take three steps to prevent pollution of the springs and aquifer:

• Limit the use of fertilizers


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