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PHOSPHATE MINING OFFICIALS-POOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS

Over the past seventy years, Florida’s phosphate industry let many man-made severe environmental accidents occur one after another over the years, causing serious environmental impacts to pristine “one of a kind” ecological regions of Florida. The Florida taxpayers are also paying for the court costs, attorney fees, and the like while the court battles continue daily between federal and state environmental agencies versus Florida’s industry officials.

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Lithia Springs - Spring Opening

(Fig. 1) Lithia Springs- Spring Opening

PEACE RIVER VALLEY

The Peace River watershed lies in west central Florida about forty miles east of the Tampa Bay area. Florida’s Peace River was declared an “endangered river” by “American Rivers.org,” a non-profit organization committed to protecting and restoring North American rivers.

The central Florida region holds unique pristine watersheds, marshlands, bogs, and other freshwater naturally occurring filtering systems. Watersheds are areas of land with waterways that flow to a common destination. Most of the region's drinking water is pumped from aquifers that are “recharged” from the watersheds described above.
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Peace River Spring Fed Tributary(Fig. 3) Peace River Spring Fed Tributary

PHOSPHATE OVERBURDEN STRIPPED BY DRAGLINES

(Fig. 1)  PHOSPHATE OVERBURDEN - SLURRY PIT SEPARATION!

OVERBURDEN REMOVAL


The southwest central Florida area is located over one of the largest phosphate deposits on the North American continent!

..."In 2000, ($1,130,000,000) or $1.13 billion dollars worth of (phosphate based) fertilizer was exported from Florida making it another one of Florida's leading export commodities", says the Department of Environmental Protection Services.

Today this central Florida region is known simply as, "Bone Valley". The Central Florida Phosphate District is shown in BLUE on the map HERE

Is Florida phosphate more valuable than Florida watersheds and aquifers? Florida politics and a phosphate industry has shown it is! (Fig. 1) shows a Phosphate Dragline at work. Click (Fig.1) to read more phosphate dragline


DRAGLINES OVERBURDEN REMOVAL

The phosphate industry defines Overburden as wetlands, aquifers, springs, grasslands, water tables, forests, rivers, lakes, ponds, etc... By definition overburden is where we all call home. (ie. your property is defined as Overburden by the Florida phosphate industry)

In 2003 the Florida phosphate industry as a whole, strip mined (4,501) acres of virgin Florida natural treasures. That would be over (4500) acres of Overburden, plus a strip mine pit down (150) feet where Florida's rich geographically raw treasure reserves existed for millennia. This scarred central Florida earth is clearly visible in satellite images.


DISAPEARING WATERSHEDS

Central Florida's groundwater and aquifers are becoming extinct by watershed destruction via phosphate strip mining operations. Florida's natural watersheds, known to the Florida phosphate mining industry as phosphate overburden, are being destroyed for the beginnings of a phosphate strip mine. Where is the balance between Florida politics, industry, and the Public?

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Phosphate Rock
WHAT IS AN AQUIFER

An aquifer is contained in the sub-surface encased in a body of saturated rock which also contain caverns and watersheds.

In this case the rock is limestone based, through which water can easily be contained and also move as though it is in a sub-surface river.

Aquifers must be both permeable and porous and include such rock types as sandstone, conglomerate, fractured limestone and unconsolidated sand and gravel. This type of earthen material contains enough drinking water for millions of Florida's citizens year after year.

Central Florida is made of just such a rock landscape and truley does contain everyone's fresh water resources.

However, phosphate officials are "permitted" by the state of Florida to remove everything mentioned above "containing" everyone's freshwater resources in very large tracts of land, measured in square miles, to reach the valuable phosphate rock they seek.

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