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Federal researchers checking for acid rain in Florida lakes

A team of federal acid rain researchers began taking water samples from 187 lakes in 26 Florida counties Monday as part of a $7 million nationwide study. Environmental Protection Agency researchers will try to estimate how many lakes in Florida are vulnerable to acid rain.

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The water samples will be tested for acidity, temperature, nutrient concentrations, and presence of some heavy metals. The sampling should be completed Dec. 23.