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Weeki Wachee Springs to get state funding for water quality, quantity project
Weeki Wachee Springs to get state funding for water quality, quantity project

Orlando, FL -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Rick Scott have announced ten water quality and water quantity springs improvement projects, including one at Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County. Funding for the spring projects will come from a $10 million investment from the Florida Families First Budget, more than $1 million from Department of Environmental Protection funding, and investments from local partners for a total of nearly $37 million for springs projects.

Weeki Wachee Springs is part of the Springs Coast Group, along with Rainbow, Kings Bay, Homosassa, and Chassahowitzka Springs. The Springs Coast Group will get a totat of $875,00 for the water quality and water quantity project, $375,00 of that from state funds. The project is a cost-share initiative to work with area farmers to implement agricultural best management practices within the region that will reduce groundwater and withdrawl quantities and/or nutrient loading to the Upper Floridian Aquifer system and the sprins systems.

Agricultural operatons in the Springs Coast region include citrus goves, row crops, blueberries, grains, field and container nurseries, and animal operations. The DEP says the wide range of agricultural activities presents and opportunity for a variety of technologies that can be used to reduce groudwater use, such as weather stations, soil moisture sensors, automatic timers and pumps, tailwater recovery ponds, and irrigation retrofits using more efficient low-volume systems.

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