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Feb 8, 2015

Editorial: True conservation

Saving Florida's springs will require the state to protect and restore the land around them. If we don't stop polluting and putting wells on that land, there is little hope that our springs will rebound to their formerly pristine states.

Amendment 1 mandates that 33 percent of revenue from a state tax on real-estate transactions be spent on land and water conservation. It is expected to provide about $757 million for that purpose in the upcoming budget.

Lawmakers should establish a competitive process in which projects receive Amendment 1 money based on scientific criteria. The Florida Forever land conservation program awarded money through such a process before its funding dwindled to nothing.

Gainesville.com, The Gainesville Sun, February 8, 2015. (Read entire article)

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