WUFT News

Public forum over Adeena Springs Ranch water permit draws large crowd in Ocala

By on April 4th, 2012

A proposed organic beef farm in Marion County drew a standing room only crowd in Ocala last night. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Peck reports, concerned residents turned out for the public forum over a consumptive use permit for millions of gallons of water per day. 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The St. Johns River Water Management District is still waiting to receive additional information from Adena Springs Ranch representatives regarding their consumptive use permit. Representatives want to create an organic beef producing cattle ranch with grass-fed cows on 30 plus acres of land in Marion County, just west of Fort McCoy. Their request calls for using 13 million gallons of water a day for their operations.  The district sent the ranch a letter requesting more information so water managers can continue to review the permit and make a recommendation. That information is due later this month, however, St. Johns River Water Managent District spokesman Hank Largin says that doesn’t mean the application process will necessarily be over or that a decision can be made.  He says it’s also part of the procedure to ask for public feedback.

The public showed its interest last night at a public forum held at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.  More than a hundred people showed up, filling every seat in the auditorium, making some stand, even sit on the floor in the back. A panel made up of a variety of people made presentations on how the area could be negatively impacted if this permit were to be granted. Florida Springs Insititute Director Bob Knight studies springs and made a presentation about how he believes Silver Springs would suffer from this ranch’s operations and water use, especially while Florida is experiencing a drought.

Knight says he isn’t against the idea of Adena Springs Ranch, he would just want the ranch to use a sustainable amount of water.

Representatives from Adena Springs Ranch were invited and expected to speak at the forum, but they did not attend.  For more information about the Ranch’s application people can go online to the St. John’s River Water Management site.

 


This entry was posted in Environment, Local and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Environment

Water-Saving Technologies And Conservation Goals Cut Confusion

According to a recent survey, most people are confused about water conservation. Small efforts add up, but awareness of water consumption is most important, according to GRU.


Only a few areas of the Alachua Sink have open-water surfaces. Rangers believe the cooler, dryer weather typical of Florida winters will kill off some of the vegetation growing on the surface.

Paynes Prairie Trail Undergoes Reclamation Project

Construction on the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park began Monday as part of an effort to re-establish the area of Paynes Prairie as a wetland ecosystem.


Florida-Friendly Landscaping Saves Water And Fertilizer

According to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Center for Public Issues Education (PIE) website, many Floridians are willing to do their part in conserving water.


Unincorporated Citrus County Residents To Lose Some Recycling Services

Some residents in unincorporated parts of Citrus County will see new recycling rules implemented next week.


Kevlar gloves are used by Gainesville’s Northwest Seafood when filleting lionfish in order to protect against the venomous barbs.

If You Can’t Fight Them, Fry Them

Lionfish are being pushed to Florida menus following August regulation changes on the venomous invasive species’ importation. While dangerous to catch, they are easy to eat as conservation efforts try to save the reefs by increasing demand for the destructive fish.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments