One of the big issues is how the increased withdrawals affect lakes and streams, and water bodies connected to them such as springs, as well as the aquifer in general.

One of the big issues in addressing future water demands in Florida is how the increased withdrawals affect lakes and streams, and water bodies connected to them such as springs, as well as the aquifer in general.

Although water plans are increasingly including so-called “alternative water sources,” the fact is that all of these sources except conservation involve eating a different piece of the same pie.

The current drought provides tangible evidence of why this is so.

A 1972 state law required water management districts to set minimum flows for surface water bodies and the aquifer, though the actual implementation lagged for decades.

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