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The Rebirth of Polluted Lake Apopka
Lake Apopka, the third largest in the state of Florida, located northwest of Orlando is fed by a natural spring, rainfall, and stormwater runoff. It is that runoff that has destroyed the lake which throughout the 1940’s was one of Central Florida’s main attractions.

For much of the past century, sewage plants, citrus processors, and giant vegetable farms have dumped their phosphorus and nitrogen laden runoff into the lake. By the end of next year, those overseeing the giant lake’s restoration expect to flood the last of farm field in an effort to transform them into a vast marsh resembling the area’s original natural environment.

 
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