Title: Fresh Water Is In Danger, Study Says
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Title: Fresh Water Is In Danger, Study Says
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: Tampa Tribune
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Tampa Tribune Article December 17, 1988
General Note: Box 7, Folder 4 ( Vail Conference 1989 - 1989 ), Item 59
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00000960
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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Fresh water

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study says
MIAMI (AP) As the green-
house effect melts polar ice caps
and causes sea levels to rise, South
Florida's fresh water supply could
be endangered, a Washington study
group says.
Higher sea levels could contami-
nate the Biscayne Aquifer, an un-
derground reservoir of fresh water
that serves much of South Florida, a
study prepared by The Urban Insti-
tute says.
Contamination could be avoided
by increasing the aquifer level as
sea levels climb. But that would
bring the subsurface water close to
ground level, eroding the founda-
tions of many roads in low-lying ar-
eas of South Florida.
Roads and houses would have to
be raised, or else "people will be
looking up at the street from their
picture windows," Tim Miller, a se-
nior analyst at the institute, told
The .Miami Herald for Friday edi-
Storm drains, sewer connections,
bridges, dikes and seawalls all
would have to be elevated, and it
won't be cheap.
The institute says the cost of al-
tering the infrastructure to accom-
modate new water levels could
climb to $1 billion or more over the
next hundred years. But analysts
say greater costs can be avoided if
local governments start planning
Increasing amounts of carbon di-
oxide, caused by factories, cars and
even the breathing of a burgeoning
world population, are entering
Earth's atmosphere and trapping
more of its heat near ground level.
However, not all scientists are
convinced predictions made now
are of any use.
"There's no question that carbon
dioxide is increasing, and there's no
question that it will have some ef-
fect," said Richard Pasch, a Univer-
sity of Miami meteorologist. "But
there are too many variables we
don't understand to be able to pre-
dict the impact of this over the next
100 years."


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