Dye Tracking at Wakulla Springs

One of Florida's greatest attractions is under the microscope this week. The Wakulla Springs State Park is being monitored by the Department of Environmental Protection to see what is seeping into the area's ground water.

It affects both Leon and Wakulla Counties because the Wakulla Springs supplies the area's drinking water. A group from the Florida Geological Survey and FSU are in the field this week gathering data to see what's in your water. The goal is to find out where surface water is coming from in Leon County to further prevent pollution from getting into the aquifer.

Researchers believe a dye-tracing project will help pinpoint the water's origin, and can be a valuable tool for future development.

“Right now we're chasing where things come from. It would be a useful tool to decide how best to manage development, not stop it, perhaps where to place it,” says James McClean of the FL Geological Survey.

Researchers hope their findings will help explain why so many nitrates and other contaminants are draining into the ground, causing dark waters in Wakulla Springs. They will be in the field monitoring samples through the week.

The hydrogeologist spoken to says the water is safe but the quality is declining. We can help prevent that by being cautious about what's going into the aquifer, things like oil, pesticides and even fertilizers that we use when grooming our lawns.


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