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Legislation would require 5-year plans for restoring Florida's threatened springs

Spring Creek in Jackson County flows from Blue Spring and other springs at Merritt's Mill Pond near Marianna. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said it has set nutrient reduction goals for those springs. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A House bill that would require water management districts to develop five-year plans for restoring springs water quality and flows was filed Thursday.

HB 789 By Rep. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, was filed amid intensifying criticism of state agencies for not doing enough to protect springs from over-pumping and nutrient pollution.

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