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Scott announces $55 million for springs to mixed reaction

Gov. Rick Scott said he will propose $55 million for springs protection in his 2014 -15 budget recommendation. The proposal drew mixed reactions from environmentalists and some senators want more money for springs. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced he will propose a 2014-15 state budget with $55 million for springs protection, which is less than some senators want but is more than is in this year's budget.

High levels of nitrogen in groundwater is causing springs across the state to become choked with algae. Scientists say the nitrogen comes from a variety of sources including septic tanks, farms, dirty stormwater runoff, fertilizer and sewage treatment plants.

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