Saving Wakulla Springs: The Natural Resource

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

January 31st, 2013

The city's natural resource, Wakulla Springs, is polluted.

"We have to find cost effective means to protect our water quality both in quantity and quality," said Peter Scalco, the Park Manager Wakulla Springs.

After years of debating, Leon County Commission finally agreed to take more effective and stricter measures on reducing the pollution in Wakulla Springs.

The residents are speaking out.

"We are really excited to hear that they are going to do more to protect, it is just such a gem," said Rebecca Sager, a Leon County Resident.

According to Wakulla Springs Alliance, Leon County residents had a 40 percent increase on their utility bill to help with the Springs recovery.

The Wakulla Springs Alliance said, their might be more fees to come, but residents and Wakulla park officials are glad it is going to a good cause.

"I applaud the decision and it shows that everyone is concerned about water quality, as we should be, since it's vital to our life," said Scalco.

Some of those steps to reduce the water pollution include:

- 50,000 dollars to inventory all septic tanks in the county
- 57.9 million dollar proposed sewer line extension project.

"Making sure everyone understands as individuals we have the responsibility to protect our resources it's self-serving, so we have to take care of our environment ourselves," said Scalco.

The new steps taken can reduce one of the biggest problems, which is storm water run-off.

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