High Springs Commission weighs in on Ginnie Springs water permit
The High Springs city commission is weighing in on the Seven Springs Water Company pumping application controversy on behalf of their constituents. Seven Springs Water Company wants to update its water permit with the Suwannee River water management district. The permit comes with a dramatic increase in the amount of water pumped from the springs.
The new permit in question will last five years and allow more than a million gallons of water per day to be pumped from Ginnie Springs which is a part of the Santa Fe river. Many residents of High Springs are not happy with these terms.
The Suwannee River water management district has the final vote in approving the permit. Some High Springs people want the amount of water pumped to be reduced and others completely oppose the permit.
Donald Gudbrandsen, High Springs resident, says "it's been a lot of issue discussed when it comes to the springs and the use of the water. There is one issue that I don't ever see mentioned. We have a committee process that allows water to be drawn for farmers and cattle raisers. When that water is used by them we get something back in a value added product of meat and the food we eat. With the bottled water people, we give away the water and what do we get back other than pollution? Where is our quid pro quo?"
The city commission of High Springs decided to send the Suwannee River water management district a letter they believe reflects the concerns of their citizens.
The letter that was approved mentions how the future of High Springs is directly connected to protecting the Santa Fe river and any damage done to the natural landscape will hurt High Springs as a well-known eco-tourism destination. But they did not directly oppose the application.