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State finds money for sewer project to protect Wekiwa Springs

Help is on the way for the Wekiwa Springs, which was in danger of losing funding for a long-awaited sewer project.

“We’ve got our first neighborhood going to sewer,” Commissioner Christine Moore said Friday after learning the Florida Department of Environment Protection will provide $4.3 million which was previously promised but not included in a funding announcement.

Moore feared a loss of state money would force community organizers to flush away a multi-year plan to switch thousands of homes from septic tanks to sewers in the fragile Springs, a treasured watershed plagued by algae blooms blamed partly on residential septic discharge.

Some residents demonstrated Tuesday outside the County Commission meeting in Orlando, calling on the governor’s help.

DEP spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said in an email Friday, “A final decision was made on that project review and funding has been identified.” She did not immediately provide more details. It also was unclear whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis interceded.