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Protect water resources

Robert Knight correctly understood Lee’s real estate development plan on Parker Road in his column. Our local springs are polluted and depleted. These are symptoms of a much broader problem in Florida. Among them are inadequate treatment of wastewater and excessive pumping from Florida aquifers.

The Gainesville Community Utility has historically shown positive thoughts in many of its capital plans, but there is more that can and should be done to conserve our water resources. Creating new groundwater recharge wetlands and wells on Lee’s land would be a great opportunity to provide such protection.

Also, as Dr. Knight pointed out, well-designed wetland city parks offer excellent recreational opportunities for the general public, such as hiking, wildlife observation, and photography.

Let’s understand it correctly and protect our water resources for the next generation.

Florida Defenders of the Environment, Executive Director, Jim Gross

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