"Florida's Vanishing Springs"

"North of Gainesville, a church camp once attracted thousands of visitors because it was built around the gushing waters of Hornsby Springs. Then the spring stopped flowing and the camp had to spend more than $1 million to build a water park to replace it. The old spring site is now so stagnant that it's frequently declared unfit for humans to swim in."

"In Silver Springs, where the water was once so clear it was as if the fish swam through ­air, there are now goopy mats of algae so thick that alligators can perch atop them. And in the Ocala National Forest, the gurgle of fresh water pouring out of popular Silver Glen Spring is slowly growing saltier. Deep beneath the ground we stand on, below the strip malls and the condos and the lush green of the golf courses, runs a river of water that makes life in Florida possible. The underground aquifer rushes through Swiss cheese caverns, its hidden flow bubbling up to the surface in Florida's roughly 1,000 springs — the greatest concentration of springs on Earth. "

Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times November 25, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Scientists Puzzled By Silver Glen's Mystery Algae" (Tampa Bay Times)

"Ginnie Springs Owner Fights Off Threats" (Tampa Bay Times)

"Silver Springs Backers Fight Proposed Cattle Ranch" (Tampa Bay Times)

"Tampa's Sulphur Springs Too Far Gone, Experts Say" (Tampa Bay Times)
 

Source: Tampa Bay Times, 11/26/2012