Concerns raised about state’s springs action plans

As a June 30 deadline nears for the state to adopt action plans to improve water quality in Florida’s “outstanding” springs, environmental advocates and others are raising red flags, saying the plans are “unrealistic” and “overly optimistic.”

Volusia County, the Florida Springs Council, Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and others sent letters to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection outlining concerns with the plans the department published in recent weeks, including the plans for DeLeon Springs and Gemini Springs.

“The general conclusion of all the groups is these aren’t going to clean up the springs,” said Bob Palmer, chairman of the Springs Council’s legislative committee. “We know that...