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Florida Matters: The Future of Florida's Springs

Florida has some of the most renowned springs in the world - famed for both their number and the clarity of the water. But ongoing residential development and nutrients flowing into the underground aquifer have combined to cloud the future of the springs. Thick green algae is now found where there were once gin-clear waters. We talk with Dr. Tom Crisman, a freshwater ecologist at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Dr. Chris Anastasiou, springs team leader at the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Craig Pittman, environmental reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.

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Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7

Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

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Environmental reporter, Tampa Bay Times Craig PittmanEnvironmental reporter, Tampa Bay Times
Senior scientist with the Natural Systems and Restoration Bureau, and the Springs Team lead, Southwest Florida Water Management DistrictDr. Chris Anastasiou Senior scientist with the Natural Systems and Restoration Bureau, and the Springs Team lead, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Professor of freshwater ecology, University of South FloridaDr. Tom CrismanProfessor of freshwater ecology, University of South Florida

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For more information

You can check out the Tampa Bay Times' series, "Florida's Vanishing Springs," by environmental reporter Craig Pittman, at:

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2012/reports/florida-springs/index.html

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