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Updated: 08/14/2014 08:00:00AM

Scott outlines use of money to protect springs

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The $30 million that state lawmakers approved this year to help the state’s endangered natural springs will be spread with local money among 27 different projects from Central Florida to the Panhandle, Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced last week. The projects, when leveraged with contributions from local governments and agencies and water management districts, will receive $69 million for the work at 18 springs facing threats from groundwater pumping and pollution.

“These nearly $70 million in projects that (the Department of Environmental Protection) is proposing will restore water quality, protect water flow and reduce water consumption,” Scott said in a prepared statement.

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