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When I first came to Florida, one of the most breathtaking things I saw was the Springs.   Springs everywhere.  Manatee Springs, Fannin Springs, Silver Springs, Weeki Wachee, and more and more and more.  Year round water temp at 72 degrees.  

Now we are in danger of losing the Springs.  More than losing springs we are in danger
of losing fresh water to give our people.  The environment in Florida is not an interest to Scott.     The Tampa Times is reporting that the Scott Administration not only stopped the protection of these waters being polluted and did not fund a mandate started under Jeb Bush but a member of the Environmental DEP raised so much fuss that he was  dismissed over the JEA ( Jacksonville Electric Authority ) draining our rivers and springs.   Greed in the name of progress.   Below is an article and the article is not only frightening but sickening as well.

Scott is a monster...He not only doesn't care about the people or wildlife of Florida but is a part of killing us off.  No hyberbole.   Wildlife, the springs, the rivers, the lands, and most of all the people of The Great State of Florida.  The article went on to say

At the start of Scott's administration, the springs initiative was disbanded. That doomed the groups working on plans to heal individual springs. In June 2011, DEP officials told the groups to shut down.

"Due to reductions in the state budget brought on by hard economic times, Springs Initiative funding was not allocated by the legislature for fiscal year 2011/2012," the DEP letter said.

Since September, the Times has repeatedly asked to interview Scott and DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr. about how they are dealing with the springs, to no avail

North of Gainesville, a church camp once attracted thousands of visitors because it was built around the gushing waters of Hornsby Springs. Then the spring stopped flowing and the camp had to spend more than $1 million to build a water park to replace it. The old spring site is now so stagnant that it's frequently declared unfit for humans to swim in. In Silver Springs, where the water was once so clear it was as if the fish swam through ­air, there are now goopy mats of algae so thick that alligators can perch atop them. And in the Ocala National Forest, the gurgle of fresh water pouring out of popular Silver Glen Spring is slowly growing saltier. Deep beneath the ground we stand on, below the strip malls and the condos and the lush green of the golf courses, runs a river of water that makes life in Florida possible. The underground aquifer rushes through Swiss cheese caverns, its hidden flow bubbling up to the surface in Florida's roughly 1,000 springs — the greatest concentration of springs on Earth.
Finally, the fresh water coming out of many springs is showing signs of a growing saltiness, according to a study by the Florida Geological Survey.

All of it — particularly the saltiness — is a dark omen for the future of the state's water supply.

"You go in a cave where there's no longer any water at all," he said. "Places you used to swim through, now you have to walk through. It's a permanent decline. It's just gone."
Bush and Struhs launched the Florida Springs Initiative and put it in Stevenson's hands. He pulled together experts from government, academia and industry. They recommended more than 100 ways to protect the springs, covering everything from legislation to land-use changes.

Bush made sure they had money to do the job, too, Stevenson said.

"In 2000 he gave us $2.5 million a year for springs protection — the first time Florida had spent money on springs protection," Stevenson, now retired, recalled.

Over the next decade, the state spent nearly $25 million. Groups were set up to study the biggest springs and suggest solutions tailored to their history, location and resources.

There seemed to be some hope for Florida's springs. It didn't last

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The article is long but well worth the read.

 If we do not get rid of this legislature and Scott, the people of Florida will have a lot more to worry about than the already dire situation of poor healthcare, voter supression, 2nd largest VA facility in the nation backlogged on claims and a criminal in charge of one of the prettiest states in the nation.   They will have to worry about a real water shortage and a dying state.

Here is the article from The Tampa Bay Times.
Vanishing Springs and Water article

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  •  I daresay your governor imagines (12+ / 0-)

    there will be a business solution, one where someone stands to make a lot of money, to the problems being created. These chuckle-heads are really dangerous to human life.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 04:44:12 PM PST

  •  Thank you for posting this. (13+ / 0-)

    I am a retired land use planner.  Rick Scott basically gutted all the land use regulations in Florida.  The state department Dept of Community Affairs) which was charged with making sure that the Florida land use regulations were adhered to by local govts was abolished by Rick Scott shortly after taking office.  This man is evil.  He does not care about Florida, its people, or the environment here.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:15:11 PM PST

    •  I am up for a few of we Kossacks paying (1+ / 0-)
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      him a visit.  Wonder who would bail us out?
      Thanks gulfgal.   We really do need a meetup to discuss this criminal and hug each other for comfort.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:23:57 PM PST

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    •  I was a land use planner (11+ / 0-)

      In Charlotte county 96 then moved to Pasco county and was a planner for Regional impacts, back in 97.

      I was reviewing a huge planned community and golf course development.

      One moving during the earth digging stage all of a sudden within four hours we had 760 sinkholes appear. One was so large it swallowed a huge bull dozer.

      Know what I was told to do by Pasco County Planning and Zoning? I was told to somehow 'cover it up from the "media'.

      Right "LIE" to the media this didn't happen when helicopters were flying over taking pictures.

      I didn't do anything the 'boss' told me to do. Instead I did my job, reviewed plans, got appropriate agencies involved to stop development in those areas. I could never have lived with myself had I "LIED" let the 'retirement' golf community get built,  

      I further went over boss's head discussed everything with the developer, who then redesigned the development with safety for future resident in mind.

      I reported with happened to state government in Tallahassee, sold my house, packed up my car and drove home to Kentucky.

      As I drove out of the state of Florida I felt like I was 'escaping" . I've never been sorry I know the developers were so thankful to me for helping them out, even though that 'boss' was not one bit impressed. I could care less, he was a hateful, uncaring nothing to me.

      After I came back to Kentucky I've been a substitute teacher. After that experience I didn't want to do land use planning again. I also will say I've been quite happy as a substitute teacher :)

       

      •  Wow! Good for you! nt (4+ / 0-)
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        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:22:32 PM PST

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      •  What a story !!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        There is so much we don't know !

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

        by Vetwife on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 12:14:14 AM PST

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      •  Maybe you can help me with a couple of (2+ / 0-)
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        stories about what I think are criminal land uses here in Salt Lake county.

        Check out this 4 square mile, maybe 100 high sand/gravel excavating operation at the entrance to Salt Lake County, home of 500,000 people.  We have the worst particulate count in our air in the country.

        Houses are being built adjacent to this behemoth IN THE MIDDLE OF HOUSING TRACTS.

        Clearing the air: That air you're breathing may be slowly killing you

        From our asshat Governor (another ALEC, Scott-like heartless duffass clone)

        The Governor proposed an array of ideas to help reduce air pollution along the Wasatch Front that were, by and large, directed at individual citizens.

        Arrgh.  10% of Utah population has asthma.  Oh, could it be the 4 square mile silica, sand excavation on the south end of Salt Lake County, and the humongus Rio Tinto Copper mine to the west, the fact that most parents have to drive their kids to and from school, the unrestrained diesel fuel emissions and generally lacking, affordable public transportation?

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 02:40:18 PM PST

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        •  Thank you for posting those articles (2+ / 0-)
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          I had no idea what so ever Utah is in such a bad environmental bind! Utah is where most bad states were in the 70's 80's and have since cleaned.

          Being surrounded by mountain ranges traps all of those adverse effects.

          Indeed public transportation can help. It appears there are  proposals for some type of mitigation projects.

          What is really needed is a 20 year growth, environmental comprehensive plan.

          Utah needs many studies by teams of professionals to make the best recommendations on how to turn around the states bad practices before it gets worse. There are so many areas that should be and can be changed.

          Good luck to you and Utah. However as climate change continues and accelerates time is very short to attempt to make needed changes.

          •  I had no idea either but state government IMO (1+ / 0-)
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            cannot override federal government.   Peitition the
            state and then get the Health and Human services involved and send the petiition to the EPA in DC.  Keep at it until a lawsuit prevails on endangering your health.

            We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

            by Vetwife on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:18:46 PM PST

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            •  I forgot to include the picture of this (1+ / 0-)
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              sand/gravel excavation w/a cement plant on site.  The huge trucks are lined up 24/7 to haul this stuff away.  Diesel trucks, no less.

              Here's the picture of this behemoth.  I measured it on Google Earth.  It is approximately 2 miles x 2 miles or 4 square miles

              Notice the new housing that has been built adjacent to this polluter

              4 Sq Mile Sand Pit, Salt Lake City, Utah

              And the Governor is pretending pollution particulates are the result of residents activities, ignoring the two elephants in the room:  This behemoth excavation and the copper mine.

              It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

              by War on Error on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:51:16 PM PST

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          •  I forgot to include a picture of this (0+ / 0-)

            sand/gravel excavation w/a cement plant on site.

            Here's the picture of this behemoth.  I measured it on Google Earth.  It is approximately 2 miles x 2 miles or 4 square miles

            Notice the new housing that has been built adjacent to this polluter

            4 Sq Mile Sand Pit, Salt Lake City, Utah

            It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

            by War on Error on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:48:58 PM PST

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  •  It's more than just Scott (8+ / 0-)

    In Hernando County we're still under phase II water restrictions at the end of our rainy season. Weeki Wachee is officially an impaired stream due to low flow.

    In spite of our lack of water the county commission is on an unswerving course for more development. I have no idea where we can find water for more people.

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:32:40 PM PST

    •  I hear you dear Just Bob and I have an (4+ / 0-)
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      idea what they are thinking.  Before we left Ga, there was a huge water war going on between Florida, Alabama and Ga.   The states wanted the water from Lake Lanier.  I never quite understood how the other two states were entitled to water from Ga and it boggled my mind back in 08 why Florida wanted that water.  Now I think I understand some.  

      We have got to hit these local legislators and state ones head on.   This sprawl cannot continue in the name of progress.   Hernando county is hurting period with that low lying area.   A little bit of water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:45:31 PM PST

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      •  When Lake Lanier was built, I understand (4+ / 0-)
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        that then-Atlanta Mayor Hartsfield didn't want to help pay for it and said Atlanta wouldn't need it for drinking water. Now the lake is the source of Atlanta's water. There are many twists and turns in the water wars and the Hooch supports many forms of animal life all along its course.

        The intelligent thing would be to plan for scarce water, but instead they go and build a huge inland aquarium in Atlanta to attract tourists! Teh stupid is strong here.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:28:46 PM PST

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    •  I swear these civil servants are on the take. (2+ / 0-)
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      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 02:41:03 PM PST

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  •  It's what I'd expect from Skeletor (6+ / 0-)

    He's a cartoon villain right out of a lousy Batman movie. Unfortunately the joke is on the people of Florida.

  •  this is so sad. florida used to be a really (8+ / 0-)

    beautiful, cool place to live.  sure, it had its problems, but nothing like the wrecking crew rick scott has brought in to totally trash the whole fucking state.  as far as i'm concerned, he can't go fast enuf.

    on a happier note, i understand scott's bid to destroy the teachers' union has back-fired big time.  instead of bleeding the union of members, they've seen their membership increase by 30+% b/c of his policies to link teacher pay to student test results.

    good luck vetwife, & all the other florida kossaks :)

    tip'd & rec'd.

  •  I read about this earlier in the week. (3+ / 0-)
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    I am beyond sick after having read about it.

    Two more years of this agony.  I wish we could tax all the teabaggers who voted for him so that we can clean up the messes he's made thanks to them.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:10:14 PM PST

    •  I know... it is like he wakes up and gets (3+ / 0-)

      out of his coffin (being the bloodsuckin vampire he is) and thinks.." How can I screw the people of Florida today"  How can I possibly get another article written about me an what a greedy ass I am.   How can I create a little more stress ,death, doom and destruction here before I am booted out.  I wish we could tax them as well.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:21:16 PM PST

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  •  After 14 years we finally get some good news (2+ / 0-)
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    I hope this is an omen of things to come.

    http://www.tampabay.com/...

    Fourteen years after the federal government acknowledged that Florida had a serious water pollution problem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday agreed to impose new pollution rules to clean up the state's algae-choked waterways — but it may have created a new mess.

    The Sierra Club, Florida Wildlife Federation and other environmental groups had sued the EPA four years ago over the most persistent water pollution problem in Florida — one that the federal agency had first told the state to do something about in 1998.

    When the EPA settled the suit, it agreed to impose tough new pollution rules, prompting a political backlash from Gov. Rick Scott, big business, agricultural interests, paper mills and utilities, among other interests.

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:23:34 PM PST

  •  We're all under water restrictions here (6+ / 0-)

    And Silver Springs is a mess...  30 years ago when my folks retired to Ocala, we took my son to Silver Springs for a ride in the glass bottom boats.  Beautiful... They filmed Sea Hunt there and in Cypress Gardens (which is now Lego Land).  

    Now, almost nobody visits Ocala's oldest tourist attraction - it's dirty.  

    All the beautiful sparkling places of my childhood are clogged with glop and litter.  I took my son to Cypress Gardens when he was 9 (1989) and we went on the boat rides and watched the amazing water skiing shows, but I could already tell the water was not the sparkling clear water of my childhood, it was already getting a little murky with silt, couldn't find any little hermit crabs in the tidal pools among the cypress knees at low tide any more...

    The River of Grass is still one of the most amazing ecosystems on the planet, yet the efforts to restore it, after SFWMD nearly "managed" it into oblivion, keep getting postponed, tabled, delayed, cut back.  

    If Meteor Blades is right, Florida will be mostly under water in about 100 years, then maybe it will begin to heal itself, once we're not living here to keep screwing it up.  But the sea water will invade the springs and they will never be the same.  The Everglades is not a "swamp."  It is mangroves and prairies, pine lands and sloughs, marshes and hammocks.  It is unique and beautiful and we seem to be doing everything we can to destroy it and the waters that gave birth to it.  If the oceans keep rising and we keep abusing the springs throughout the state as If they are bottomless and everlasting, it will all be gone forever, within my future grandchildren's lifetime.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:53:36 PM PST

  •  These are very serious developments (4+ / 0-)

    I haven't been to Florida since the mid-1960s, before Disney World was built (true story: I remember as a kid my parents driving past a trailer and billboard in an open field on the way from Lakeland to Orlando - it said something along the lines of "Coming Soon: Walt Disney World!" Haven't been back since).

    But I'm a hydrogeologist and have at least a general understanding of the hydrology of the Floridian Aquifer. The changes the article describes over such a large area are significant and long-term.  They're not "permanent" in that almost nothing in geology is really permanent, but even with significant investment and long-term changes in how water and wastes are managed in the state (which will hurt residents, agriculture, and industry), it could take several decades or more to correct these water level declines.  

    And in Florida's political climate, with the power of industry and agriculture and the influence of conservative officials who refuse to acknowledge science, such changes are unlikely to occur.  It will be interesting to watch how bad things will be allowed to get before action is taken.

    From a purely hydrologic perspective, the population of the state may already be past its sustainable tipping point under current climatic conditions (not to mention future conditions that may develop in response to global climate change).  

    Not the kind of thing the local economic development folks will want to hear...

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