Plans for cleaning up springs systems in Volusia County and the rest of Florida have been pushed back until after the first of the year.
The action plans, ordered by a state Legislature mandate in 2016, were supposed to be final by July 1 this year, but getting the 13 plans for improving water quality written and adopted by the deadline proved a Herculean task.
As the clocked ticked down early in the summer, home builders groups and environmental advocates voiced concern they had not been given enough time to review and comment on the proposed plans.
More than a dozen requests for administrative hearings or time extensions were filed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Environmental groups that challenged the plans said the proposed action steps don’t do enough to reduce nutrients in the water such as nitrogen and phosphorus that can promote algae blooms...