Bradford County? Yes, unless we do something.

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Poisoned water color is never natural.  View from east looking west.

A few views of what a phosphate mine does to the beautiful Florida countryside.  If a few key people make the wrong choices, this is what Bradford County and the New River and the Santa Fe River will look like in a few years.  A recent study from Columbia University shows that the world has an abundant supply of phosphate and we do not need this phosphate mine.

This is probably Swift Creek Mine, northwest of Live Oak in Hamilton County, as seen on Oct. 22, 2016.

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Here we have three different colors of water.   Imagine a mine like this on the banks of the Santa Fe.  How likely is it that HPS II would let some of this get into our river?   Chances are pretty good.

flight0phos2This view is from 4 thousand feet up.  Down on the ground this is pretty ugly.  The industry admits that 40 per cent of mined land is never reclaimed.

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You don’t like this?  Please go to Starke and tell the commissioners.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-


 

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