Central Florida's Thirst Outpacing Mother Nature

Even with record rainfall, the region's growth has the sustainability of underground water supplies in doubt.
July 29, 2003, 10am PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Months of torrential rainfall bloated lakes, flooded neighborhoods and greened up countless square miles of lawns, but it is not enough to hold off Central Florida's water crisis. Officials say chances of seriously damaging lakes, rivers and wetlands -- the heart of Central Florida's delicate environment -- continue to draw closer. The threat comes from growing development, which pulls more fresh drinking water every year from underground resources...Now concerns are mounting that pumping will exceed the weather's ability to replenish underground water supplies sooner than ever expected -- no matter how much rain falls this year."

Thanks to Christian Peralta

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Published on Monday, July 28, 2003 in The Orlando Sentinel
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