Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Florida Parcels Out $50 Million To Help Restore Springs

Florida Parcels Out $50 Million To Help Restore Springs

Fish swim in the Silver River about a mile from the main spring at Silver Springs, Fla., Wednesday, May 3, 2006. Environmentalists fear a nearby development slated to house 22,000 residents will raise already high nitrate levels polluting the springs irrevocably.Photo: AP Photo/John Raoux.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has picked 40 projects from across the state that will get a share of $50 million aimed at restoring some of the state’s springs including Silver Springs.

The administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced the list of state-funded projects on Monday.

The list includes projects that call for extending sewer lines and connecting homes with septic tanks to central sewer lines. There are also several proposals to acquire land near existing springs.

The projects are expected to help springs located through north and central Florida including Wakulla Springs and Silver Springs.

Silver Springs was one of Florida’s first tourist attractions.

Wakulla Springs is considered one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Parts of the 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon were filmed at the springs.

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