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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Manatee cruising Ichetucknee

Published April 9, 2008
Sam Cole, a biologist with the Ichetucknee Springs State Park, reported Tuesday to the Springs Basin Working Group that the park has several manatee visiting the park.

“As soon as the water came, up the manatees were in the park,” Cole said. “They swim up from the Santa Fe River and come up the Ichetucknee from the mouth where it goes into the Santa Fe.”

In addition to the visiting manatees, a study to determine the condition of several area springs is about to get under way.

“We’re going to conduct a large-scale springs survey, 12 different springs over an

18-month time period, starting July 2008 through December 2009,” said Sky Notestein of Wetland Solutions Inc. “Our key goal is to look at the ecosystem performance of each of these springs and try and relate it to water chemistry factors, recreation factors and other environmental factors to determine what’s influencing the overall health of these spring systems.”
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