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Florida Phosphate Gypsum Stacks Display Severe Environmental Impacts

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(Fig 1, Gypsum Stack - www.tampabay.com ) One of EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) main concerns with phosphate mines in Florida are with gypsum stacks (gypstack). This concern ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Mining In Sovereignty Lands

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Since the turn of the twentieth century, the phosphate industry purchased large tracts of land in west central Florida, including the upper Peace River watershed. Florida’s phosphate industry ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Rock Quandary

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Do Floridians Know About Phosphate Production’s Many Hazards?

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Florida’s phosphate industry creates many serious environmental impacts during the “wet” process in the production of fertilizer (1), including unmetered groundwater consumption. ... Read more

The Phosphate Risk: Welcome

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Natural Spring Venue Dollars are Significant To Florida Economy

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Florida Residence Take FIPR Survey on the Phosphate Industry Practices

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Florida’s Politicians Follow the Phosphate Money

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Fertilizer Production Displays Adverse Effects On Industry Workers

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(Fig. 1) Phosphate Strip Mining In Central Florida Fortunately for the United States, Central Florida is home to the largest known phosphate reserves in the world. Phosphate and its derivatives ... Read more

Florida Mines - Phosphate Draglines Aquifers, Overburden and Sinkholes

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EPA Disrespected by Florida’s Politicians Concerning Phosphate Radiation

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Phosphate Industry Strip Mining Central Florida Watersheds

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The state of Florida owns all riparian lands and navigable waterways held in “trust” for the public at large by the sovereignty granted to Florida at statehood in 1845 by the United ... Read more

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Florida Phosphate Mining In Sovereignty Lands

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Florida Sinkholes Created By Phosphate Mining

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Florida Phosphate Mining And The Public Trust Doctrine

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Phosphate Industry Strip Mining Central Florida Watersheds

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Florida Phosphate Industry Practices Severely Disturb Navigable Waterways?

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Phosphate Mining In The Myakka River Watershed

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Florida Riparian Lands And Navigable Waterway Rights

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Natural Spring Venue Dollars are Significant To Florida Economy

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(Fig.1) Florida springs with divers in background

Florida’s natural spring venues generate much-needed dollars in the Florida economy. State-owned springs bring in millions of dollars into the local economy’s helping to drive Florida’s state economy. However, these springs are now degrading due to surface pollutants seeping into the sub-surface aquifers. Can Florida afford to lose income from its natural spring resources?

I recall as a young boy growing up in west central Florida that natural springs were clean, fresh, and plentiful. Everyone I knew at that time had easy access to natural springs in many forms because west central Florida was surrounded by springs that feed lakes, ponds, rivers, swamps, and the “ole swimming hole”. However, many of the “swimming holes” no longer exist due to lower water levels in Florida’s Floridan aquifer system. Larger natural springs do still exist, and they show ill health as springs go because of Florida’s industrial, agriculture, and residential waste. (1)

Florida’s state-owned natural spring *venues bring in millions of dollars to the state’s economy, yearly. The state of Florida is purchasing the larger spring venues when the spring’s private owners want to sell. Florida’s freshwater springs help drive the state’s largest private industry, which in this case is tourism, (3)The second largest private industry is food production, such as agriculture and cattle, and the third largest private industry in the state is phosphate strip mining and related industries.

Income generated by Florida’s natural spring venues is made by private businesses, including local park vendors and suppliers, along with gate revenue at state-owned sites, and tax dollars from the county’s tax base. The local economies benefit greatly, based on revenue generated directly from these venues. The larger spring venues can generate over $500 million, such as Silver Springs in Ocala, FL, Marion County, help make over $500 million in 2013 (myflorida.com-2013). Visitors gate revenue alone makes over $100 million yearly at Florida’s state-owned natural spring venues (2).

One great example of a state-owned and operated spring venue is Silver Springs located in Ocala, FL. This venue holds one of the larger magnitude springs and helped create income that was $555 million over liabilities in Marion County, (3). This particular spring is famous for being in Hollywood movies because of the sheer size and beauty of the spring.

“Each spring is different from all the others, but in the intensity of its grace and color, each is a

little ecologic jewel in which geology and biology have created a masterwork of natural art.” –

Archie Carr, A Celebration of Eden, 1994.

Florida's springs are perfect venues for a variety of recreational prospects such as boating, snorkeling, diving, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and the like. The importance of spring venues to Florida’s economic health is undeniable. These venues are also crucial to Florida’s physical health as well. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) reported on economic studies between 2002 and 2004. The studies show the importance of springs is to Florida’s economy.

The following displays visitor gate receipts for larger spring venues (2013):

Ichetucknee Springs in Suwannee County was $23 million.

Wakulla Springs in Wakulla County was $22 million.

Blue Spring in Volusia County was $10 million.

Silver Springs in Marion County was $65 million.

This does not include the estimated one million out of state visitors that brought in another $65 million to local economies directly related to the spring venues.

It is plain to see, Florida’s state-owned natural spring venues are extremely valuable to the state’s economy. Unfortunately, Florida’s springs are physically ill due to surface pollutants finding their way down to the springs and aquifer systems. The illness is now known as uncontrolled algae growth in central Florida springs and aquifers. Algae, due to photosynthesis, cause dissolved oxygen in the spring water to fall below sustentation levels for the more delicate flora. A snowball effect occurs, killing more of the ecosystems and so on until Florida’s elected officials react by spending taxpayer dollars to clean up the leftovers.

We know what causes the algae to grow uncontrolled in our springs and aquifers. It is mainly phosphorus and nitrogen based waste from surface pollutants. Phosphorus waste can be in the form of phosphates, such as in phosphate strip mining in central Florida. Nitrogen-based waste can be in the form of fertilizer waste runoff or cattle and human waste.

Even though I am speaking about now and the future, history displays a similar view. Florida’s residents should talk to their elected officials concerning the water quality in their tax payer funded state-owned springs. They should express their concerns about surface pollutants reaching the aquifer systems along with the polluters as well.

Read more about Florida’s water quality issues @ https://www.flmines.com – Florida Mines

*Note: A venue is a natural spring location owned and operated by the state of Florida. Venues including rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, privately owned or not, and saltwater are not included in the venues being discussed here.

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1. Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2. MyFlorida com

3. Florida Department of Revenue - 2013

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I recall as a young boy growing up in west central Florida that natural springs were clean, fresh, and plentiful. Everyone I knew at that time had easy access to natural springs in many forms because west central Florida was surrounded by springs that feed lakes, ponds, rivers, swamps, and the “ole swimming hole”. However, many of the “swimming holes” no longer exist due to lower water levels in Florida’s Floridan aquifer system. Larger natural springs do still exist, and they show ill health as springs go because of Florida’s industrial, agriculture, and residential waste. (1)

Florida’s state-owned natural spring *venues bring in millions of dollars to the state’s economy, yearly. The state of Florida is purchasing the larger spring venues when the spring’s private owners want to sell. Florida’s freshwater springs help drive the state’s largest private industry, which in this case is tourism, (3)The second largest private industry is food production, such as agriculture and cattle, and the third largest private industry in the state is phosphate strip mining and related industries.

Income generated by Florida’s natural spring venues is made by private businesses, including local park vendors and suppliers, along with gate revenue at state-owned sites, and tax dollars from the county’s tax base. The local economies benefit greatly, based on revenue generated directly from these venues. The larger spring venues can generate over $500 million, such as Silver Springs in Ocala, FL, Marion County, help make over $500 million in 2013 (myflorida.com-2013). Visitors gate revenue alone makes over $100 million yearly at Florida’s state-owned natural spring venues (2).

One great example of a state-owned and operated spring venue is Silver Springs located in Ocala, FL. This venue holds one of the larger magnitude springs and helped create income that was $555 million over liabilities in Marion County, (3). This particular spring is famous for being in Hollywood movies because of the sheer size and beauty of the spring.

“Each spring is different from all the others, but in the intensity of its grace and color, each is a

little ecologic jewel in which geology and biology have created a masterwork of natural art.” –

Archie Carr, A Celebration of Eden, 1994.

Florida's springs are perfect venues for a variety of recreational prospects such as boating, snorkeling, diving, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and the like. The importance of spring venues to Florida’s economic health is undeniable. These venues are also crucial to Florida’s physical health as well. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) reported on economic studies between 2002 and 2004. The studies show the importance of springs is to Florida’s economy.

The following displays visitor gate receipts for larger spring venues (2013):

Ichetucknee Springs in Suwannee County was $23 million.

Wakulla Springs in Wakulla County was $22 million.

Blue Spring in Volusia County was $10 million.

Silver Springs in Marion County was $65 million.

This does not include the estimated one million out of state visitors that brought in another $65 million to local economies directly related to the spring venues.

It is plain to see, Florida’s state-owned natural spring venues are extremely valuable to the state’s economy. Unfortunately, Florida’s springs are physically ill due to surface pollutants finding their way down to the springs and aquifer systems. The illness is now known as uncontrolled algae growth in central Florida springs and aquifers. Algae, due to photosynthesis, cause dissolved oxygen in the spring water to fall below sustentation levels for the more delicate flora. A snowball effect occurs, killing more of the ecosystems and so on until Florida’s elected officials react by spending taxpayer dollars to clean up the leftovers.

We know what causes the algae to grow uncontrolled in our springs and aquifers. It is mainly phosphorus and nitrogen based waste from surface pollutants. Phosphorus waste can be in the form of phosphates, such as in phosphate strip mining in central Florida. Nitrogen-based waste can be in the form of fertilizer waste runoff or cattle and human waste.

Even though I am speaking about now and the future, history displays a similar view. Florida’s residents should talk to their elected officials concerning the water quality in their tax payer funded state-owned springs. They should express their concerns about surface pollutants reaching the aquifer systems along with the polluters as well.

Read more about Florida’s water quality issues @ https://www.flmines.com – Florida Mines

*Note: A venue is a natural spring location owned and operated by the state of Florida. Venues including rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, privately owned or not, and saltwater are not included in the venues being discussed here.

Reference

1. Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2. MyFlorida com

3. Florida Department of Revenue - 2013

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