|Troubled waters for manatees?|
|Written by John Muir|
|Sunday, December 30 2007|
Their dependence on warmth from power plants could prove disastrous
For manatees, the warm water that spills from power plants is addictive.
The plants have long provided the sea cows with an artificial refuge beyond their natural winter habitat near springs and in warmer southern waters.
Scientists estimate that six in every 10 manatees now winter near power plants that line Florida's waterways.
It is a dependency that someday could have grave consequences for the manatee.
State and federal officials expect many of these aging power plants to close eventually. As the state's human population grows, more efficient power production requires newer facilities.
For more on this story, see the Orlando Sentinel article .
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