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Water district proposes 11-year delay in setting flows for Wakulla Springs

Visitors view Wakulla Springs from the dive platform this month. The Northwest Florida Water Management District proposes to delay setting minimum flows for the springs until 2023, raising concerns among some environmentalists. Photo by Bruce Ritchie

The Northwest Florida Water Management District is seeking to delay setting minimum flow levels for Wakulla Springs and other springs in the district by 11 years, raising concerns among environmentalists. 

The Legislature more than 30 years ago passed a law requiring minimum flow studies for waterways across the state, but implementation has been slow. The studies can help ensure there is enough water for fish and wildlife, and determine whether too much groundwater is being pumped, scientists say.

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