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Cleaning Up Florida Springs

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Governor Ron DeSantis is pledging $50 million for springs cleanup. Environmentalists have been sounding the alarm for years about the declining quality of Florida’s numerous springs and waterways.

Springs that were once crystal clear are now plagued with algae caused by nutrient pollution. That’s a problem, not just for tourists and Floridians who flock to the springs in summertime, but the wildlife too. Algal blooms disrupt the ecosystem, choking the native vegetation.

So how will that $50 million be spent and is it going to be enough?

Joining Intersection are 90.7’s environmental reporter Amy Green, Clay Henderson with the Stetson University Water Institute and Russell Bryant former board member with Friends of Wekiva, who swims in the Wekiva Springs every day. 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »