The Whole Truth About Bone Valley Aquifers
WIKIPEDIA states, “Large walking draglines, operating twenty-four hours a day in surface mines, excavate raw pebble phosphate rock mixed with clay and sand known as matrix. Ironically, phosphate rock is a declining export.”
The Peace River Watershed covers (2300) square miles in the west central Florida and contains the majority of the Florida phosphate mining industry including Bone Valley. Phosphate strip mining companies use draglines to remove surface soils, (known as Overburden), down (100 feet); over thousands of contiguous acres.
Florida state law requires that the surface (60 feet deep), is to be reclaimed. Wetlands are reclaimed on an acre for acre, type for type basis. More than (180,000) acres (728 km2) have already been mined in the Peace River watershed. The Florida phosphate industry vigorously promotes their reclamation projects as bringing back the wetlands and watersheds. Unfortunately, we are being given only half truths.