• Groups speak out against Putnam County development's plan to use more water


    PALATKA, Fla. - Several environmental groups came to a public hearing Thursday night in Putnam County to protest a local company's plan to use more water.

    According to Hank Largin with the St. Johns River Water Mangement District, an administrative hearing was heald this week to consider the district's recommendation to approve a permit modification allowing Sleepy Lands Creek Ranch, a cattle company, 1.46 million gallons of water per day.

    Groups like the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club said the impact would be highly negative to local waterways.

    St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman said attendees who commented "are concerned of the damage this ranch will cause to our already impaired waterways."

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