FT Toon Water Vote
S Jacksonville residents have fields in the Everglades, at
many compelling reasons to least partially because of' salt
I vote for.the water management water intrusion in the present
District amendment on the bal-. well fields.
lot next Tuesday.
lot next Tuesday. Some wells at Jacksonville
SThe stakes for the future are Beach already are experiencing
so. high as to be almost fright- salinity. Nassau County also
ening., Beside them, the objec- faces such problems. The mat-
tions top the amendment pale ,ter is not remote. It is with us
into insignificance' now.
Let's first take a look at the
Let's firt' ta1 a lok t the The management district
St. Johns River. Itis in trouble. The anage t ditict
And, unless the amendment is will have the job of cataloging
passed, there is little that coun- the -underground water supplies
tes bordering the main body of and judgg the amount of
the river can do about it. : draw down 'that is possible be-
fore.- -the danger point is
As.-things now stand; the i" reached.:
headwaters of the St. Johns lie -
headwtenrs f ndJohu ,-, Withouta decent water sup-
in the .Central ,and Southern Without a decent water sup-
Flood Control D i s t ri c t ply, ne either industrial devel-
SHundreds of millions of gallons opment nor population growth is
Sof fresh-. water are .being possible, Preservation of that
drained through canals to the water supply is more than a.'
Socean- every day. More and matter of prudence, it is a mat-
more marsh land that formerly ter of survival.
provided; feeder water. It: is true that. the amend-
Scleaned by- marsh filtration .- ment allows the imposition of
Sis being reclaimed for develop- up to one mill in property taxes
a ment and agriculture. .. n each of the 19 counties which
Lake elen Baes tradition will be in the district if the
Lake -Helen Blazes, tradition-;-. u .... .......
Sally pointed to as the source of mesaure passes. .--
.the St. Johns, is drying.up. The,. i; -. And there are those ho op-
Sfact is that the source is further; ; #Ijose the amendment on the
South in the marshes where the' ground that the -spending of the
water flows north. -:' -~: money':will be in. the haids of
The water ievl Iin.the chain- appointed.. rather than.elected,
of lakes up the St.'Johns is the ls .
lowest in memory. Eutrophita-J I. But the watei manageihent
tion iS on the increase.-- .., .""'act decrees that the Legislature-
What good will it do Jack :must approve spending of any-
sonville.to spend hundreds of thing over .three-tenths of a
millions for ant-pollutionrmea-.. ". .
sures -- not to mention the oth-. The present'level of funding
er counties along the river if ", of the district would require
the St." Johns is 'gradually' ...one-tenth, of a mill 10 cents
choked at its source.: ; : .; y.k per. .1,000 of. non-exempt. as-
Huge diking and canalizati sessed valuation
Operations already -have, taken- ,. Jacksonville's combined sew-
place ..and more. are in the -;. er and water program upr to
works. --. -- 1990.'will cost an estimated $2.2
But the counties now border- billion. It won't be.worth doing
i t tn- if. the- St.. Johns water, flow .is
ng thelower St. Jolhns- u- severely diminished,-or the un--*
Johnsal, oluia, Putnam Clay St. derground water supply.is taint-
no the mater. hey ed over the period in which that
no say = the matter. They are epnding will take place, ,,
in another water management spending will take place, .
district. Those 'who will vote against
n "othea"l.t ffets f the amendment in-the hopes
One-of tsatary.. that "flaws some p ro f ess to
this amendment ;would be .toom r .. ir_
? see in'-it-will .later be ironed
bring the- vital headwaters f out,' are chasing. a willof-the-
j the St.tJohns, andits-i principal wl--t
l tributary,- the Oklawaha, into an wasp.- : -..:
(district=with the remainder of : ,. The more likely prospect, in
( the. river. a. '..-: '' -, case of the amendment's fail-
i t- utin is n" i" ure, is for-the accelerated dete-
I ars destruction is othe t.Johns and
harmful to water flow but has n rioration of the St- Johns and
adverse effects on the underground, water- supply~
alg the re, ., onfishing all .' in this areawith general reve-.,
alongthe river. Nature had the ue funding for the present dis-
l system all figured out but man trict continuing to diminish. .
is disrupting the.natural system. -,
S- at an alarming rate.-. ; -, We'have been very reluctnt^
,-,,,i_. .--,~._ .te ;.-. over the years, to ..advocate in-
hosophy .creased taxes nd ou record
Johnsdistrict has been to;pres-'?. will bear out this coritention:L-"'
erve -and protect the river. It -,, .-: '
: cannot do so without controlling' .. There are those that say this
.. the headwaters. [". -; s amendment already is'glead, aK
;adc mo s dead.,
| r f-U aere is lmorea k tyofe pu ood
Than surface .waternflow.t The .'hope not:The., potential
Specter of-salt .water intirsion beiefits'"so'fai outweigh the
s. alr-'Z daW. iderground 1:costs, that"i'ifs the biggest bar- "
Fresh WateriisppIy'especially' gain-in -the public: sector ,that,7
along the'efas'ani4westcoasts. c i we' relike lyto-see 'forany
.:. This .sam.T .esday, Miamr ,.+. -
.. will b 'tin g n .10.mion .
,b;ndi e ..e en
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