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Lake County erects signs at the borders of the Green Swamp

RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2007

Green Swamp SignCLERMONT —There's no more guessing at where the largest, and arguably the most important ecosystem in Central Florida lies in Lake County.

The Lake County Department of Public Works, Road Operations Division, erected on Friday, July 20, six markers along the county roads of 474, 561,  565A,  565 B and 565. The signs read, "Entering the Green Swamp Heart of the Floridan Aquifer."

"These new roadway markers will be a big help allowing motorists to know where this important region is located, and we’re pleased to put them up along all our busy roads,” said David Hansen, Manager of the Lake County Public Lands Management Program.

According to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the 807-square-mile Green Swamp is a large expanse of poorly drained flat terrain, where the groundwater is close to the surface. The Green Swamp lies between the counties of Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Polk and Sumter. Much of the area is a mosaic of wetlands, mesic flatlands and uplands, subject to seasonal flooding.

For more information about the Green Swamp, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov and click on the interactive Green Swamp presentation courtesy of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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