Words Matter

 

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OSFR board member Kristin Rubin asks the board to deny the water bottling permit at Ginnie Springs.

At issue on Tuesday, August 13, at the Suwannee River Water Management District Board (Board) was several people calling upon the Board to deny a permit renewal to Seven Springs Water Partnership to withdraw water from near Ginnie Springs in order to sell bottled water.

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Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson is a regular contributor to the board meetings. The more they heed her the better off our water will be.

Seven Springs draws water and sells to Nestle, whose plant is close by.  Several articles have appeared in newspapers and  here in our newsletter protesting further water extractions from impaired these waters in recovery.

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Isaac Augspurg    Garth Brewster  Amanda Sapp all speak for denial

Nestle gives indications of planning bulk transfer and may use the limit of nearly four hundred twenty-one million gallons per year, much less than previous owners of the plant.

Additional pumping is the last thing we need to get our springs and rivers restored.

Nestle claims they draw water only from sustainable sources, and if that is true, they will certainly go elsewhere, as the Santa Fe River and the Ginnie Springs complex  are and have not been anywhere near sustainable.  The springs and the river have both diminished in flow constantly over the past decades.  The fact that the water management authorities have deemed them impaired and in recovery is proof that they have not been sustained.

Simple fact.

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OSFR president Mike Roth gives facts and numbers.

A good bit of time was taken up at this meeting by the Board debating terminology describing Water Resource Caution Areas as they appear in the Water Supply Assessment (2015-2035) document.  This item was not on the agenda.

Some  Board members felt uneasy with the word “caution,” as it  might be misunderstood by the public, and cause them to think the water supply might be in danger.  After lots of debate, the Board voted to change “caution area” to “planning area” but with a disclaimer at the bottom of the page explaining that they really meant “caution.”

This may seem silly and a lot of time spent on something unimportant.  However, it is indicative of a serious situation regarding our Board in Live Oak, and this situation is  that the board is in denial regarding the seriousness of North Florida’s water supply.  Mike Roth, Merrillee-Malwitz-Jipson and your historian all tried to explain to the board the consequences of underestimating our problems.

OSFR members, along with Lu Merritt of Ichetucknee Alliance, have done this before, hoping to have some day a good result.

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


2 Comments

  1. Today at Public’s High Springs Fl. Wednesday the 21st. I was shopping and seen a WALL full of Zephyr Hills bottled water. Reading the fine print on the label I discovered the fine print the water from was from Nestles water international. I do wonder if word is spreading NOT to buy and READ the fine print.
    I have NOT seen a list of names used by Nestles yet. Would be help full boycotting the CROOKS.
    Clarence Williams

  2. Thank you for keeping us all informed as this unfolds. And thank you for your continued and long-standing efforts to protect our springs.

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