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The senior hydrologist for Sarasota County is hopeful that a contract with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for a study of Warm Mineral Springs can be executed by the start of May, so the project envisioned almost two years ago can move forward. The primary goal of the undertaking "is to provide a professional scientific analysis and a clear understanding of existing hydrolog- ical data, setting the stage for future decisions regarding what additional information may be required to better guide … proper and responsible future resource management at Warm Mineral Springs," says a March 19 staff memo to the County Commission. Cliff Harrison told The Sarasota News L e a d e r o n A p r i l 15 that since both the North Port City Commission and the County Commission approved the study A collection of photos from Sarasota County and the City of North Port reflect the past and present of Warm Mineral Springs. Images courtesy Sarasota County THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SOON WILL EMBARK ON A YEARLONG STUDY OF DATA COLLECTED ABOUT WARM MINERAL SPRINGS, FROM WATER TEMPERATURE TO WATER SOURCES STUDYING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE The story we want to tell is the story of the true health and the vitality of Warm Mineral Springs based on solid scientific evidence and reasoning. Cliff Harrison Senior Hydrologist Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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