Summit held for springs' supporters

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By Claude Lewis

FANNING SPRINGS –Unchecked growth and the accompanying pollution can be likened to a runaway freight train.

The end result isn't pretty.

In these parts, the bottom line is tainted ground water.

As scientific studies have revealed, tainted ground water ends up compromising the crystal clear springs that this area is so famous for.

When the springs are lost, so are tourist dollars, not to mention something even more precious –clean drinking water.

To head off such a chain reaction from actually becoming reality, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission along with the Department of Environmental Protection have formed Springs Basin Working Groups.

These encompass biologists, park officials, elected officials, local business folks and concerned citizens, who closely monitor the ecosytems involving the truly unique springs, spring basins, rivers and aquifers in north Florida.

There are now six springs working groups, the new kid on the block the one that hits closest to home.

The Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group held its inaugural meeting on Valentine's Day at the Fanning Springs City Hall.

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