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Wakulla May Appeal Sprayfield Permit

By: Valerie Lacy
By: Valerie Lacy

It is a battle between Wakulla County and the City of Tallahassee. On one side a Wakulla County commissioner is worried about protection for the springs. On the other side a Tallahassee commissioner says her board is doing all it can to keep the water clean.

It's no secret; even the Department of Environmental Protection admits nitrates are feeding tons of algae polluting Wakulla Springs. Rangers say it grows two to three inches every day.

Wakulla County Commissioner Howard Kessler points to Tallahassee wastewater as the main problem, but admits septic tanks in both areas need to clean up their act. Recently the DEP proposed a five-year permit for the spray field.

Kessler says it won't protect the springs.

Howard Kessler says, "Even if you took away the economic impact that the U.S. has just the jewel of a natural resource, that it is for no other reason is a good enough reason I think for all of us for humanity to try to save this."

Kessler says every time a Tallahassee resident flushes they take money out of the pockets of Wakulla County residents. They need to look in their own back yards.

Debbie Lightsey, Tallahassee Commissioner, says, "The second issue they site is septic tanks and they call on Leon County and Wakulla County to step up and be as aggressive on the issue of septic tanks."

Meanwhile, the spray field has to cleanup 25 percent of its waste and get rid of the cows.

So what happens next? First the Wakulla County commission decides whether to appeal the proposal by March 1, and second, the mayor of Tallahassee wants to meet with the chair of the Wakulla County commission to see if the two agencies can find a common ground.


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