Poe Springs Could Stop Flowing - No Swimming Would Be Allowed
History is being made at Poe Springs.
Experts say that the spring could stop flowing in the coming weeks. Alachua County Environmental Protection says that the spring should be flowing at 30 million gallons a day and instead has slowed down to only half a million gallons a day.
If it stops flowing, swimmers cannot go in. No flow means algae growth and bacteria, which is harmful to swimmers.
Chris Bird says that a viscous cycle of no rain and over consumption of water from the aquifer because of that lack of rain is to blame for the historically slow flow.
"Large amounts of water continue to be pumped out of the aquifer, and there's not enough rain to replenish it, and we see so much water being pumped out to the point that these springs stop.
Poe springs is currently closed to swimmers because of construction being done on the steps entering the water.
Bird says they have no record that the spring has ever flowed this slowly.
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