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Springs bill failure leaves environmentalists disappointed, looking ahead to next year

Environmental group representatives expressed frustration Monday that the House failed to take up a springs bill Friday, effectively killing a measure which passed the Senate without an opposing vote. 

Springs have turned green with algae because of increasing nitrogen in groundwater from a variety of sources, scientists say. SB 1576 would have required advanced sewage treatment and septic tanks in areas with polluted springs and would have tightened state laws to prevent groundwater overpumping.

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