Wakulla Springs Water Study

It's all part of a three-year study to determine if Tallahassee's wastewater is hurting the environment.

It's called the farm, where cattle graze on plush open fields. By the looks of things you wouldn't believe its primary function is to serve as the City of Tallahassee's only spray field.

A spray field may be negatively impacting a beautiful watershed just south of the Leon County border.

Koren Taylor, Aquifer Protection Coordinator, says, “Wakulla Springs is experiencing overgrowth. That's why we're doing study to see if the city contributes to the problem.”

It’s a problem that centers around population growth and high nitrate levels. That's why the city is drilling wells, some over 200 feet deep, to determine where the pollutants are coming from.

The study has resulted in six monitoring wells to sample different elements and compounds that would show the presence of wastewater.

Michelle Bono says, “The commission has allocated $300,000 to put in the testing and monitoring wells.”

With one down and five more wells to go, the city hopes the final data will lead to a cleaner, healthier environment. Water biologists hope to have all six monitoring wells installed by late April.