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Funding To Protect Ichetucknee Springs
Tax Dollars Doing What They Are Supposed To Do

Posted October 2, 2014  07:15 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Businesses in the City of Lake City and Columbia County will protect the Ichetucknee Springs through a water conservation initiative funded by Springs Grants funding paid for with tax dollars. The grant funding was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Scott.

According to the Water Management District, "The Ichetucknee Springs / Columbia County Water Conservation Initiative will provide cost-share rebates to local businesses to replace an estimated 600 existing toilet fixtures and faucets with high efficiency units. The project is estimated to save 32 million gallons per year, benefitting the Ichetucknee Springs as well as other springs in the Lower Santa Fe River."

The Lake City/Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Ichetucknee Partnership, the City of Lake City, and participating businesses are partners in the project. The total project cost is $350,000 with contributions of $250,000 from the State, $30,000 from the District and $70,000 from the cooperators. At press time the details of the $70,000 cooperator funding stream was not clear.

The Water Management District explained, "DEP evaluated proposed projects submitted by the Water Management District. Nine projects throughout the District were chosen to move forward totaling nearly $15.2 million dollars."

For more information about this and other springs projects go to www.mysuwanneeriver.com  

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