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Florida Phosphate Gypsum Stacks Display Severe Environmental Impacts

Nov 1, 2015 |
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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

Jun 19, 2016 |
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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

Nov 1, 2015 |
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Florida Phosphate Rock Quandary Many years ago, the ocean flooded an ancient land mass today we call Florida and a layer of sand and clay rich in tiny phosphate particles were deposited. ... Read more

Do Floridians Know About Phosphate Production’s Many Hazards?

Jan 4, 2016 |
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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

Aug 31, 2015 |
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The Phosphate Risk in Florida. Dragline mining machine. Phosphate companies have mined out central Florida. The phosphate depleted, the companies have ... ... Read more

Natural Spring Venue Dollars are Significant To Florida Economy

Jan 4, 2016 |
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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 ... Read more

Florida Residence Take FIPR Survey on the Phosphate Industry Practices

Sep 19, 2015 |
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Do Florida’s residents know about the phosphate industries abysmal practice of destroying Florida’s geographical environment for the phosphate some 40 feet beneath the surface? ... Read more

Florida’s Politicians Follow the Phosphate Money

Oct 8, 2015 |
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The Florida phosphate industry demonstrates the need to donate millions of dollars to Florida’s politicians. This is easily seen by researching where, when, and how much money Florida’s ... Read more

Fertilizer Production Displays Adverse Effects On Industry Workers

Jan 18, 2016 |
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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

Jul 27, 2015 |
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Florida Mines (Bone Valley) phosphate draglines causing Florida aquifer formation destruction, sinkholes, bone valley mines. ... Read more

EPA Disrespected by Florida’s Politicians Concerning Phosphate Radiation

Dec 18, 2015 |
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(Fig. 2) Phosphate Drag Line In Background - Phosphate Waste In Foreground Florida’s phosphate dilemma started a lifetime ago when fate and the Army Corps of Engineers happened to uncover ... Read more

Phosphate Industry Strip Mining Central Florida Watersheds

May 17, 2016 |
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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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Markham, Ontario: Alive Software Inc. which develops software application platforms for online publishing announced the launch of its new product. eMag+ an online publishing platform and digital ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Mining In Sovereignty Lands

Jun 19, 2016 |
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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 Sinkholes Created By Phosphate Mining

Jun 15, 2016 |
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Florida citizens living near west-central Florida are no strangers to sinkhole formation. Unfortunately, sinkholes forming in west-central Florida are as likely to be related to regional phosphate ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Mining And The Public Trust Doctrine

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During the past seventy years of phosphate strip mining in west-central Florida, the phosphate industry has at some time been faced with strip mining navigable waterways and riparian lands as defined ... Read more

What Is a Dragline and What Does It Do?

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The dragline's bucket system consists of a large bucket that is suspended from a boom. The bucket is moved by many cables, chains and ropes. The hoisting rope, which is powered by either a diesel or ... Read more

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

Florida Phosphate Industry Practices Severely Disturb Navigable Waterways?

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Florida is known as the “Sunshine State”, but interestingly receives more rainfall than most states in the Union. Florida receives enormous amounts of yearly rainfall from north to south ... Read more

Phosphate Industry Siege On Alafia River And Watersheds

May 5, 2016 |
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The Alafia River watersheds and smaller tributaries in the area are known to be used as “navigable waterways” by the state of Florida during the early-19th century by European (1) ... Read more

Phosphate Mining In The Myakka River Watershed

May 1, 2016 |
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As a youth growing up in west central Florida, my friends and I covered countless miles of the environmentally rich landscape on foot. We pushed through wetlands, marshes, bogs, tributaries, surface ... Read more

Florida Riparian Lands And Navigable Waterway Rights

Apr 29, 2016 |
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The Peace River Valley watershed with all its tributaries, streams, bogs, marshlands, springs, and aquifers is considered by the state of Florida to be “navigable waterways” or ... Read more

Phosphate Mining The Peace River Watershed Basin

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The Peace River watershed lies in west central Florida about forty miles east of the Tampa Bay area. Florida’s Peace River was declared an “endangered river” by “American ... Read more

Florida Rivers, Springs, Lakes, And Aquifers Are Navigable Waterways With Riparian Rights?

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The Peace River headwaters in west central Florida are naturally spring fed by local aquifers “contained” in the landscape. The River “meanders” some 120 miles to the ... Read more

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Who Owns Florida's Natural Freshwater Resources?

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Who Owns Florida's Natural Freshwater Resources?

Freshwater resources are owned by the state where they reside. Using large volumes of freshwater daily is overseen by state officials, Florida in this case. State issued permits are required to pump large volumes of freshwater from Florida’s aquifer systems. However, Florida’s phosphate industry completely disregards Florida’s riparian water rights laws and is “permitted” to pump unmetered fresh aquifer water daily.

When consuming tap water at home, does one know or care where the water they consume is drawn from or originates? The water one drinks is usually pumped from a freshwater well if living in central Florida and the aquifer the well is pumped from is more likely to be the Floridan aquifer or “public waterways”. Let’s say for argument sake that all natural (riparian) fresh water resources are owned by the state in which they reside. Freshwater resources are loosely defined as rivers, lakes, streams, springs, and aquifers all of which are riparian (public) waterways. Legally speaking, riparian waterways in Florida are owned by the state, with five water resource management districts overseeing its regional distribution, storage, and supply. As a last resort, Florida law allows the transfer of freshwater resources from one of the five regions to another.

What happens when a private entity owns thousands of contiguous acres with mineral rights to the land and wants to pump billions of gallons of freshwater yearly, such as Florida’s phosphate industry, from Florida’s (public) aquifer systems. Florida law differentiates freshwater resources from mineral deposits. So freshwater resources remain in the public domain and minerals rights are not owned by the state, but bought and sold as private property. Riparian waterways are ownership of the state giving public citizens the right to use these waterways without an adjacent land owner’s permission.

Florida laws say the entity owning the land, and the mineral rights do not own the public waterways for freshwater or saltwater traversing property boundaries (1). Surface and sub-surface waterways such as aquifers, rivers, lakes, streams, springs, and other tidal waterways are public domain. State issued permits are required in all five Florida water management regions to pump large volumes of water from Florida’s (public) aquifers. Large volumes in this case are defined as millions of gallons per day.

One may wonder how so much water can be used on a daily basis. Agriculture in Florida pumps the most freshwater in the state. However, much of the water consumed by agriculture filters back to the aquifers or evaporates and then falls to earth as rain and so on. Meaning, freshwater being consumed by agriculture is naturally recycled.

Another mega-consumer of freshwater is Florida’s phosphate industry. Interestingly, Florida’s phosphate industry boasts their conservation of freshwater resources but consumes “unmetered” volumes of freshwater from Florida’s (public domain) aquifers on a daily basis. No one knows how much water is being consumed by the phosphate industry because their freshwater consumption has no enforced bounds.

No limits on freshwater are mentioned because when stripping the land to reach the phosphate ore, everything else is also stripped away. The monstrous dragline shows no mercy to Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes, springs, or aquifers systems. As the dragline removes the land surface, all life is removed and with it goes Florida’s riparian (public waterways) as well.

The dragline strips the land including Florida’s riparian waterways, digging through and entirely removing rivers, springs, aquifers, lakes, water tables, and so on. (2) The amount of freshwater being entirely wasted daily by strip mining cannot be measured because the dragline removes all sources of freshwater, including riparian water resources by definition, as it strips the land. Amazingly large volumes of once clear fresh water now sit in giant man-made pits in the ground, some as large as a square mile and may be over one hundred feet in depth. These pits are so large one can see them on Google© Maps from space.

West Central Florida, seen from Google© Maps displays the untold amounts of freshwater being wasted by Florida’s phosphate industry. All those square blue holes seen in west central Florida are where draglines have stripped the earth, while industry produces super-sized rectangular shaped pits in the Florida landscape and filled with billions of gallons of toxic water. That’s right; those big blue rectangular shapes on the map are not lakes. Those huge rectangular holding tanks (not lakes) are for billions of gallons of toxic wastewater by-products to be kept for an indefinite amount of time. The mountainous walls of the giant pits are made of radioactive phosphogypsum which is a toxic by-product of the production of fertilizers.

The proof of riparian waterways being destroyed by the phosphate industry is undeniable. State officials “see” the environmental damage as well, but do not enforce existing laws, or “permit” certain politically motivated allowances. Apparently, the phosphate industry is not held accountable for severe environmental impacts, over consumption of (public) freshwater resources while continuously creating numerous toxic pits of wasted freshwater resources.

Read more from Florida Mines @ https://www.flmines.com/phpLD – Florida Mines

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1. FDEP - dep.state.fl.us/water/

2. Florida Faces Vanishing Water Supply : NPR. -npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11097869

Davey Crockett @ Florida Mines – https://www.flmines.com – Read more about severe environmental impacts to thousands of acres of pristine central Florida landscape being stripped mined daily by Florida’s mega-mining phosphate industry draglines.

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When consuming tap water at home, does one know or care where the water they consume is drawn from or originates? The water one drinks is usually pumped from a freshwater well if living in central Florida and the aquifer the well is pumped from is more likely to be the Floridan aquifer or “public waterways”. Let’s say for argument sake that all natural (riparian) fresh water resources are owned by the state in which they reside. Freshwater resources are loosely defined as rivers, lakes, streams, springs, and aquifers all of which are riparian (public) waterways. Legally speaking, riparian waterways in Florida are owned by the state, with five water resource management districts overseeing its regional distribution, storage, and supply. As a last resort, Florida law allows the transfer of freshwater resources from one of the five regions to another.

What happens when a private entity owns thousands of contiguous acres with mineral rights to the land and wants to pump billions of gallons of freshwater yearly, such as Florida’s phosphate industry, from Florida’s (public) aquifer systems. Florida law differentiates freshwater resources from mineral deposits. So freshwater resources remain in the public domain and minerals rights are not owned by the state, but bought and sold as private property. Riparian waterways are ownership of the state giving public citizens the right to use these waterways without an adjacent land owner’s permission.

Florida laws say the entity owning the land, and the mineral rights do not own the public waterways for freshwater or saltwater traversing property boundaries (1). Surface and sub-surface waterways such as aquifers, rivers, lakes, streams, springs, and other tidal waterways are public domain. State issued permits are required in all five Florida water management regions to pump large volumes of water from Florida’s (public) aquifers. Large volumes in this case are defined as millions of gallons per day.

One may wonder how so much water can be used on a daily basis. Agriculture in Florida pumps the most freshwater in the state. However, much of the water consumed by agriculture filters back to the aquifers or evaporates and then falls to earth as rain and so on. Meaning, freshwater being consumed by agriculture is naturally recycled.

Another mega-consumer of freshwater is Florida’s phosphate industry. Interestingly, Florida’s phosphate industry boasts their conservation of freshwater resources but consumes “unmetered” volumes of freshwater from Florida’s (public domain) aquifers on a daily basis. No one knows how much water is being consumed by the phosphate industry because their freshwater consumption has no enforced bounds.

No limits on freshwater are mentioned because when stripping the land to reach the phosphate ore, everything else is also stripped away. The monstrous dragline shows no mercy to Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes, springs, or aquifers systems. As the dragline removes the land surface, all life is removed and with it goes Florida’s riparian (public waterways) as well.

The dragline strips the land including Florida’s riparian waterways, digging through and entirely removing rivers, springs, aquifers, lakes, water tables, and so on. (2) The amount of freshwater being entirely wasted daily by strip mining cannot be measured because the dragline removes all sources of freshwater, including riparian water resources by definition, as it strips the land. Amazingly large volumes of once clear fresh water now sit in giant man-made pits in the ground, some as large as a square mile and may be over one hundred feet in depth. These pits are so large one can see them on Google© Maps from space.

West Central Florida, seen from Google© Maps displays the untold amounts of freshwater being wasted by Florida’s phosphate industry. All those square blue holes seen in west central Florida are where draglines have stripped the earth, while industry produces super-sized rectangular shaped pits in the Florida landscape and filled with billions of gallons of toxic water. That’s right; those big blue rectangular shapes on the map are not lakes. Those huge rectangular holding tanks (not lakes) are for billions of gallons of toxic wastewater by-products to be kept for an indefinite amount of time. The mountainous walls of the giant pits are made of radioactive phosphogypsum which is a toxic by-product of the production of fertilizers.

The proof of riparian waterways being destroyed by the phosphate industry is undeniable. State officials “see” the environmental damage as well, but do not enforce existing laws, or “permit” certain politically motivated allowances. Apparently, the phosphate industry is not held accountable for severe environmental impacts, over consumption of (public) freshwater resources while continuously creating numerous toxic pits of wasted freshwater resources.

Read more from Florida Mines @ https://www.flmines.com/phpLD – Florida Mines

Reference

1. FDEP - dep.state.fl.us/water/

2. Florida Faces Vanishing Water Supply : NPR. -npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11097869

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