Over the past several decades, Silver Springs has had a dramatic decline in its flow by more than 50 percent as well as increases in nutrient pollution, because of excessive groundwater withdrawals, poorly treated wastewater, and excessive use of fertilizer.
The last thing Silver Springs needs is an additional, dramatic loss of the groundwater that feeds it. But that is what Adena Ranch (a cattle feeding and slaughterhouse operation) wants; and the St. Johns River Water Management District is preparing to give. Adena Ranch is asking for a permit to withdraw 13.2 million gallons of water per day for 30,000 cattle and a slaughter house -- more water than the daily consumption of the entire City of Ocala, from the aquifer that sustains Florida's most beloved, iconic springs.
It's up to you to protect Silver Springs from this pollution! Act now!
If we don't push the water management district to say "no" to this permit, Adena Ranch and others behind it will continue to get what they want - a free pass to use up our aquifer and kill our precious springs.
Please add your name to the list of Floridians who will not sit idly by while the water management district threatens to suck Silver Springs dry.
Thanks for taking action to protect our waterways,
Marian Ryan, Conservation Chair
Sierra Club, Florida Chapter
P.S. Tell your friends to take action too, and get your social media networks involved:
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