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Monday, September 24, 2007

Aquifer's advocate

Published September 23, 2007
Skiles has lugged a movie camera deep into Peacock Springs State Park, 252 acres of wilderness near Tallahassee, to make a five-minute documentary about waters such as this. It is a spring, once crystal-clear and fast-running, now matted and nearly still.

The documentary will be used by the officials of the Suwannee River Water Management District in a campaign to protect the region's springs, weakened by a lengthy drought, threatened by pollution and increased water usage.

"I'll speak out for the aquifer for the rest of my life," Skiles said. "It's my passion. But I guess I could have made a better choice. I picked the deathly hollows of narrow underwater spaces where my friends go to die.

Article includes links to:
Cave diver and Conservationist, Wes Skiles is concerned about Florida's springs Video

Slideshow: Wes Skiles, the dean of Florida cave divers
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