Florida Water Management District Denies Permit for Lily Springs Bulk Transfer Station. November 9, 2010

Florida Water Management District Denies Permit for Lily Springs Bulk Transfer Station.  November 9, 2010
Our Sante Fe River http://www.oursantaferiver.org/, which has been opposing bottled water operations along the Sante Fe River, just announced that the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) voted today to deny a permit for the Lilly Springs Bulk Transfer Station.  OSFR says: “It was a swift blow to Lily Springs WUP with 8 members of the SRWMD Governing Board voting to deny the permit, in part, due to resource impacts to the flows and levels in the river and associated springs. The District has established Minimum Flows in the Upper Santa Fe River basin. In addition, data collected during the minimum flow and level efforts on the lower Santa Fe River were used in the Lily Springs permit denial.”

This may clear the way for creating a public use park on the ten acres surrounding the spring which was being discussed last summer.

The SRWMD mission is “To protect north-central Florida’s rivers, springs, groundwater, and coastal estuaries, and to provide recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy the region’s abundant
natural resources.”  The Sante Fe River is a tributary to the Suwannee River.

We hope that Maine will follow suit in protecting Maine’s natural heritage.

–Ruth Caplan, for Defending Water for Life