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Old 05-24-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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First the Villages, then Fore Ranch, now The Villages again. They're saying it's the longer spell of rain we've had.


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Old 05-28-2018, 07:14 AM
 
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First the Villages, then Fore Ranch, now The Villages again. They're saying it's the longer spell of rain we've had.
Others are saying it's all the groundwater being pumped up for the endless building of new homes and agriculture.
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Old 05-28-2018, 07:46 AM
 
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Others are saying it's all the groundwater being pumped up for the endless building of new homes and agriculture.
Probably some truth to this. This was the problem in Hillsborough County where the poor guy got buried alive. The farmers nearby are notorious for depleting the groundwater to irrigate their precious strawberries.
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:07 AM
 
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I won't worry until I see the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man marching up 484.
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:50 AM
 
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Probably some truth to this. This was the problem in Hillsborough County where the poor guy got buried alive. The farmers nearby are notorious for depleting the groundwater to irrigate their precious strawberries.
There's a wealthy cattle rancher here in Marion Co. who caused a real controversy because he's pumping so many millions of gallons of water to irrigate the acres of grass for his cattle that the river has gone down. No one can know how it's effecting the ground water or sand below the surface. Sorry, forgot if that's the Ocklawaha or the Silver River. People protested but lost the case. Sad when the profit of one or a few negatively effects the many, including wildlife, but that's capitalism.
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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There's a wealthy cattle rancher here in Marion Co. who caused a real controversy because he's pumping so many millions of gallons of water to irrigate the acres of grass for his cattle that the river has gone down. No one can know how it's effecting the ground water or sand below the surface. Sorry, forgot if that's the Ocklawaha or the Silver River. People protested but lost the case. Sad when the profit of one or a few negatively effects the many, including wildlife, but that's capitalism.
Those damn farmers! Growin cattle and food to feed milliins of people! Who do the think they are!?!?
I say let the people starve! Nature is more important than people eating anyway!

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Old 05-28-2018, 01:27 PM
 
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Those damn farmers! Growin cattle and food to feed milliins of people! Who do the think they are!?!?
I say let the people starve! Nature is more important than people eating anyway!

That's all well and good, I myself like a good steak from time to time. However, it's not necessary for farmers to be pigs about it. Nothing wrong with being a good neighbor.
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Old 05-28-2018, 06:20 PM
 
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Old people like it here, and their population is growing, so I would expect the pumping to increase.


I'm surprised to learn that cattle farms here use a lot of water. My grandfather had big cattle farms with no plumbing.
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:27 PM
 
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After spending the day reading about The Villages and sinkholes, I thought I'd share the best news article I've read on the subject. Lots of good technical data links in this article as well.


"In a scathing column, Orlando Sentinel’s Lauren Ritchie notes how the fledgling community in 1991 had a water permit to use 65 millions gallons a year, but by 2017 that rate reached “a stunning 12.4 billion gallons a year.” The local aquifer in Sumter County is also threatened by a controversial plan by a bottling company to pump nearly a half-million gallons of water a day—and double that rate during peak months. Despite the protests of Villagers worried that a falling water table will spur sinkholes, pumping will begin soon."


"The Science Behind Florida’s Sinkhole Epidemic"


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scien...mic-180969158/
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:20 PM
 
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After spending the day reading about The Villages and sinkholes, I thought I'd share the best news article I've read on the subject. Lots of good technical data links in this article as well.


"In a scathing column, Orlando Sentinel’s Lauren Ritchie notes how the fledgling community in 1991 had a water permit to use 65 millions gallons a year, but by 2017 that rate reached “a stunning 12.4 billion gallons a year.” The local aquifer in Sumter County is also threatened by a controversial plan by a bottling company to pump nearly a half-million gallons of water a day—and double that rate during peak months. Despite the protests of Villagers worried that a falling water table will spur sinkholes, pumping will begin soon."


"The Science Behind Florida’s Sinkhole Epidemic"


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scien...mic-180969158/
Great article, thanks, Raisinet. Development combined with the pumping of groundwater seems to be a deadly combination. I wondered if this would affect home sales at The Villages, but judging from the number of people that choose to live on the flanks of an active volcano, I doubt it. Maybe if a resident or two gets swallowed in their sleep, that might slow things a little, but that's about it. The only way to be sure is to live outside of sinkhole alley. Which is a shame, because I really like it here.
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