Representative Alan Hays takes an active role in Springs Protection.  Recent inspections of Ocala Sink Holes reveal major pollution site.

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Surface Water Quality

Estrogenic Activity in the Environment: Municipal Wastewater Effluent, River, Ponds, and Wetlands

Surface Water Quality Estrogenic Activity in the Environment: Municipal Wastewater Effluent, River, Ponds, and Wetlands Orlando Area Residents said to be at risk from Hormonal Utility Discharges. Senator Lee Constantine to chair Select Committee.

Nitrogen Impacts from Regulated Utility Systems in the Wekiva Studa Area. Estimates of Nitrogen loading are reduced for sewer treatment plants and not for on site sewer systems.

 Water districts and FDEP actually pay for these studies that are essentially meaningless.  Read the following and ask yourself what the "learned author was trying to say.  It appears that study after study is put forward causing confusion for the public, and cover up of the gross discharge of waste into the aquifer by Utilities.

 

 

 

"Anderson (2007), in commenting on the MACTEC-report suggested that “the relative 

contributions of each nitrogen source should be based on estimated inputs until such time that 

field data is available to more accurately calculate loadings from each source in a consistent 

fashion”.  The consistency concern related apparently chiefly to the estimation of flow rates as 

illustrated by his example in which local groundwater concentrations under a drainfield were 

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  Wekiva Study Area Nitrogen Assessment February 2008 

multiplied by a diffuse recharge rate, thereby ignoring the available information on local 

wastewater flow out of a drainfield.  A drawback of a loading contribution estimate based solely 

on input information is that it assumes that soil is equally effective in removing inputs from 

various sources and along various transport pathways.  Such a simplifying assumption 

disregards much information regarding both concentration and flow. "


Clear double talk from FDEP. DEP has a difficult time saying, "we dump sewer and storm water effluent into the ground water feeding most springs. Study our report to see how we deflect blame." Here is a paragraph from DEP's Wekiva Report showing the purpose of the Wekiva legislation. "The purpose of the legislation is to establish a comprehensive approach to wastewater management in order to ensure adequate levels of wastewater treatment, methods of wastewater disposal and reuse, and other measures necessary to minimize nutrient input into the groundwater, particularly vulnerable areas that depending on specific geological characteristics recharge the aquifer, therefore the springs, more quickly than other areas.)

FDEP spends millions of tax payers dollars deflecting attention away from discharge points of utility contamination into Florida's ground water.  Always, the reader is left with the impression that it is the public who must be educated and FDEP is ready to receive funds from taxpayers to "educate the public"

Taxpayers ask for straight talk from FDEP, and St Johns Water Management Water District.

  

If you believe in Liberty, and hate to be deceived by government,  Come, Follow me.........

 

Here are discussion Points from the Issue Brief of the Committee on Preservation and Conservation with additions and comments by your Editor in Red.

 

Issue Brief 2009-317 The Florida Senate

 

During the 2004 legislative session, the first regulatory step to protect springs in Florida was taken with the passage of 

the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act (Act)8. The Act stated that “the Wekiva River System and its associated 

springshed areas are of irreplaceable value to the quality of life and well-being of the people of the State of Florida” and 

that the “protection of the surface and groundwater resources, including recharge within the spring-shed that provides 

for the Wekiva River System, is crucial to the long-term viability of the Wekiva River and springs and the central 

Florida Region’s water supply”. The Legislature found that: 

 In general, Florida springs whether found in urban or rural settings, public parks, or private lands, are 

threatened by actual and potential flow reductions and declining water quality.  You might get declining water quantity with the draw down of Orlando, Altamonte Wells pulling Billions of Gallons out of the Aquifer in the local of Wekiva Springs.  We will report later, on the CUP total with-drawls of water from Wekiva Area Utilities in the Browning Blog.

 

 

To blame the drawdown of Wekiva Area Wells, known as Orlando Utilities on Climate change is laughable. 

 

To not even mention the 200 Million gallons of Sewer Effluent that is disposed of and especially the 50 million gallons that is injected daily into the ground water feeding the Wekiva Springs is nonsense.  Drainage Wells dumping the equivalent of 100 men pouring 3 bags of 666 fertilizer into sink holes Three times a day, every day for the past 3 decades.  How dumb are we to not hold FDEP and the Wekiva Springs Area Utilities accountable to mention the sewer effluent discharge polluting Wekiva Springs?  The Drainage Wells account for over 90% of the non-organic nitrogen contamination.

 

As a result of climate patterns and population changes, over the past 30 years, many of Florida’s springs have begun to exhibit signals of 

distress, including increasing nutrient loading and lowered water flow. Some Legislators and Citizens were asleep at the switch.  The groundwater that feeds springs is recharged by seepage from the surface and through direct conduits such as sinkholes. Yes, we use sink holes to dump billions of gallons of nitrogen rich Storm Sewer runoff directly into the waters feeding these springs.

 

 At this point blame is directed toward Florida's citizens, as experts blame population for a Bad Management Practice of direct piping of nutrients into the Wekiva water recharge system.

 

 

To call the Wekiva Area Utility Discharge, "overuse", is like calling Nagasaki buildings over used by foreign service men in 1945.

The following paragraph helps shed light on how we have failed ourselves by allowing government to intentionally mislead the public. 

 Springs and groundwater once damaged by overuse can be restored through good stewardship, including 

effective planning strategies and best management practices to preserve and protect the spring and its 

springshed. Prudent land use planning decisions can protect and improve quality and quantity, as well as 

upland resources of a springshed. Managing land use types and their allowable densities and intensities of 

development, followed by specific site planning to further minimize impacts, rank as important goals.

A Typical Drainage Well that mainlines nutrients.
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Direct discharge short cuts mother nature's filtering process.

Drains are also used to draw surface water.
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No need to permit surface water taking, water is drained to aquifer then taken with normal permit.

How did the Senate Committee miss all these drains
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This is only a few of the drains that discharge hundreds of millions of gallons daily to groundwater

 
We are the only bad guys in the system because we allow politicians to pass laws that are clearly nonsense.  Sure we are busy, but now that we know it only takes a phone call or letter to stop the madness.  Call your Legislator.  Senator Lee Constantine doesn't quite understand how bad the discharge problem is in his district.  He has been told but he is in disbelief.  He is a good man who cares, but he is only one man.