Pinellas County should not pump water from the Brooker Creek Preserve to irrigate two private golf courses.
That's the recommendation this week from the Environmental Science Forum, an advisory group created by County Administrator Steve Spratt.
By a vote of 9 to 4, the forum's members said no to reopening three old wells in the preserve to provide water for East Lake Woodlands golf courses during times of drought.
Pinellas County Utilities has said pumping from the wells would leave more reclaimed water for homeowners.
But most members of the forum said the proposal sends the wrong message as conserving water becomes more critical.