Sprayfield Meeting

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There was a head to head meeting to address the rising nitrate levels at Wakulla Springs.

Some think Tallahassee's southeast spray field may be contributing, so the Wakulla County commission is considering an appeal of the city's Department of Environmental Protection permit to continue operations.

In hopes of avoiding that action, Wakulla County Commissioner Howard Kessler and Tallahassee Mayor John Marks met Thursday afternoon to see if there is anything else that can be done.

Marks says the city is already going beyond what the DEP permit requires by removing the cows and ceasing the use of fertilizer, but he doesn't oppose looking into the issue further to see if there is anything else that can be addressed.

Commissioner Howard Kessler, District 4, says, “Wakulla Springs is the jewel of Wakulla County it's the jewel as far as water bodies. It's in trouble, it's dying, and if we cannot save Wakulla Springs we cannot protect any of our water bodies."

John Marks, Tallahassee Mayor, says, “We're both committed to doing what's necessary to protect Wakulla Springs, and certainly on behalf of the city of Tallahassee, I can assure you we're committed to do that."

Kessler says if Wakulla County cannot obtain a two week extension to the February 27 deadline to file an appeal, they will file.