Future of Silver Springs
Some call it "The Mississippi River" of Florida but are afraid they will need a bridge over troubled waters if a developer get his way. A proposed cattle ranch would require a substantial amount of water. Opponents met to inform the public about what this could mean for Marion County Residents.
The Adena Springs Ranch are applying for a water consumptive permit, if its approved by state water officials it would allow them to just pump over thirteen million gallons of water daily for a proposed cattle ranch and beef processing center near Fort McCoy.
Residents hope water officials will not approve the permit.
"It's an environmental disaster waiting to happen," Chris Spontak said.
Representatives of Adena Springs did not return our calls. The Saint Johns Water River Management District is conducting a study to determine whether more water can be withdrawn from without causing harm. A final decision will be made at the end of April.
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