Sunday, July 22, 2012

Troubled Springs

pumping out liquid enchantment,
clear-as-air water,
Florida water.

Our springs,
vital to our economy,
vital to our self-identity,
vital to our shared heritage.

Our freshwater springs
grip the human imagination,
with a  sense of wonder,
with a sense of awe.

Our state
is underlain
with soluble limestone
that brings these springs to life.

But, there’s a growing
human threat to our springs.
The flow is diminishing;
it may be dry in twelve years.

Once a spring dies
its solace,
its heritage,
its light dies with it.

Nothing in the world can revive it.

Even with the future of Silver Springs in peril, the district is considering a new request to pump 13 million gallons a day from the aquifer for Adena Springs Ranch, a proposed cattle ranch.  They would take as much water as the entire city of Ocala uses.  Unbelievable!

© 2012 Catherine Giordano
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