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MPA TRIBUNE, Thursday, Nov. 18, 1976
Scientist: Water Level
Canal May Drop More
A federal scientist said yesterday that the under-
groufid water level near the Tampa Bypass Canal con-
struction is expected to drop another two feet, in an
area where private wells and Eureka Springs already
-are drying up.
Will Causseaux, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geo-
logical Service, told Hillsborough County Commis.
sioners that the underground water level in the
Eureka Springs area "today is three feet lower than it
was'a year ago."
With the canal construction as it exists, and a new
water control'system planned at Buffalo Avenue east
of Tampa, the water level "can be expected to drop by
about two feet more," he said.
Presently there is water in the springs in the
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county park, but "if the potentiometric surface lowers
(another two feet as expected) in the next few
months; the springs will dry up," Causseaux said..
County Commissioner Bob Curry said there are
complaints that private wells in the area also are dry.
ing p. "They never did, before the bypass canal was
constructed," Curry said.-
Causseaux said the geological service predicted
the canal would have an effect on the water level, but
he would not say whether the construction is the rea.
son that.the,springs have stopped flowing..
The hydrologist said the springs also went dry in
1971 and 1972, during the normal dry season.
But this year, the problem continued into the suim
mer and fall, during the rainy season, and is causing'
concern, Causseaux said.