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Riverhugger A New Beginning, Not Beginning of the End PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marjorie Holt   
Monday, April 27 2009

April 27, 2009
A New Beginning, Not Beginning of the End
The following is an excerpt from an op-ed by Robin Lewis, a wetland scientist and vice-president of the Putnam County Environmental Council, that was published in Ocala Star-Banner on Sunday, April 26th.

"Karen Ahlers, president of Putnam County Environmental Council, and I have sent numerous letters and e-mails, had countless meetings with the SJRWMD, the U.S. Forest Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Greenways and Trails. Our meetings have invariably ended with calm reassurances from the agencies.

"Trust us," they all say. "We are working on your behalf and we would not let environmental harm occur." They never admit to the existing environmental harm to both the Ocklawaha and the St. Johns rivers.

When we present our legal opinions, they say, "Trust us, our legal interpretations are correct, and yours are wrong." We will let the Governor and Cabinet decide this one, as we have filed a legal petition challenging their proposal to withdraw water without regard for seasonal dry conditions and with inadequate conservation measures in place.

When we present our scientific evidence and arguments, they say, "Trust us, our science is correct and yours is wrong." Yet they refuse to discuss the Ocklawaha's 50 percent decrease in flow. They maintain it is just variations in rainfall. Our scientists strongly disagree.

So I have a message to deliver to the SJRWMD and the other public land management organizations we have politely met with and offered scientific and legal expertise to for the last 18 months: Read more


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