Florida Republicans Allowing Springs & Aquifer to be Destroyed

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Despite protests from citizens, Florida Republicans are allowing greedy bottled water companies to take millions of gallons of water from Springs in Florida.

 

Water Board Approves Pumping Ginnie Springs Water To Benefit Nestle

In the face of stark local environmental opposition, a state water board on Tuesday unanimously approved “with protest” about 1 million gallons daily for Nestle’s bottled water business from one of the treasured natural springs along the Santa Fe River in north central Florida.

Per the above article; ” In the face of stark local environmental opposition, a state water board on Tuesday unanimously approved “with protest” pumping about 1 million gallons daily for Nestle’s bottled water business from one of the treasured natural springs along the Santa Fe River in north central Florida.

Critics promised immediately to appeal the decision affecting Ginnie Springs by the seven-member governing board of the Suwannee River Water Management District. It was a blow to environmentalists, who said further pumping of the crystal blue waters would put at risk the health of an already taxed river and its surrounding ecosystem.

At nearly 60 feet deep, set among a 200-acre forest, the springs is one of the world’s most popular freshwater diving locations and enormously popular among swimmers, paddlers and naturalists.

Environmental activists say they will continue to work to stop the permit. Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of the group Our Santa Fe River said advocates’ next step will be to sue the district”.

“The communities do not want this,” she said.

 

Board Approves Pumping Of Ginnie Springs Water To Benefit Nestle

In the face of stark local environmental opposition, a state water board on Tuesday unanimously approved “with protest” pumping about 1 million gallons daily for Nestle’s bottled water business from one of the treasured natural springs along the Santa Fe River in north-central Florida.

 

Suwannee River Water Management members

Virginia H. Johns / Chair – Appointed by Republican Governor Rick Scott
Richard Schwab / Vice Chair – Appointed by Republican Governor Rick Scott
Virginia Sanchez – Appointed by Republican Governor Rick Scott
Charles Keith – Appointed by Republican Governor Rick Scott

 

How Nestle makes billions bottling free water

Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, bottles Michigan’s water for next to nothing and sells it at great profit. And the state has just approved its request to pump even more, despite the failed promise of jobs and 80,000 public comments against Nestle. Meanwhile, just two hours away, Flint still doesn’t have clean water.

 

 

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