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Florida Lawmakers Proposing a Salve for Ailing Springs

Apr 15, 2014 - The New York Times - Biographical Materials

CHIEFLAND, Fla. -- To the untrained eye, Manatee Springs is an idyllic refuge in Central Florida: The cool water is so clear in parts that the sand glistens like polished aluminum. A vast series of underwater caves beckons thousands of divers. Deer wander by as do manatees, turtles, owls. Eagles soar overhead.

But Annette and Mark Long, who live a stroll away from the cypress-filled park, know differently. The natural springs here are ailing, as are many of the 900 other springs in the sta...