Wakulla Springs' Health at Issue

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

Rainy weather didn't dampen the spirits of folks who came to a benefit concert for Wakulla Springs. They said the show must go on because they were raising money and awareness about the plight of Wakulla Springs.

Benefit concert organizer Madeleine Carr says, "People living in the city of Tallahassee who are flushing their toilets whose toilets are going to the spray field at tram road and then being sprayed over there and all of those nutrients go straight into the system that feeds into Wakulla Springs."

Carr also says since the use of the spray fields in Tallahassee, Wakulla Springs has experienced a rise in the rate of nitrates in the spring.

"It's contributed to the growth of invasive species of plants, and so it’s choking off the spring," explains Carr.

The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park say these waters used to be crystal clear and pristine, but over the course of the last 15 years they say the waters has become murky and full of new plant life.

Barry Fraser lives in Tallahassee and supports Wakulla Springs.

He says, "Of course, we've got to have the services but we have to find a different way not to pollute these springs. It's just too precious a resource in our area."

Even with the murkier water, the springs still attracts some swimmers and boaters to its waters. The Friends of the Wakulla Springs State Park says the state is currently spending over $100,000 a year to remove the extra plant life from the springs.


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