Plan aims to restore water quality

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:38 a.m.

A group is asking for public input at next week's meeting on plans to restore water quality in the area's lakes and creeks.

The Orange Creek Basin Working Group, a coalition of public and private organizations and community groups, is seeking information from residents at a meeting on Nov. 7 at the Alachua County Health Department, 224 SE 24th St.

At the meeting, the proposed Orange Creek Basin Management Action Plan will be presented, according to Alachua County officials. It addresses high bacteria levels in creeks and water quality problems caused by too many nutrients in local lakes and the Alachua Sink.

The Orange Creek Basin covers eastern Alachua County, most of Gainesville and the northeastern corner of Marion County. It includes Hogtown Creek, Sweetwater Branch, Tumblin Creek, Lake Wauberg, Newnan's Lake, Lochloosa Lake, Alachua Sink and Orange Lake.

A draft of the plan is available from

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection .

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the health department auditorium.

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