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Friday, May 16, 2008

State of the springs

Though nutrient pollution from stormwater runoff might be taking a toll elsewhere in the state, springs near Bay County reportedly are doing well.

“Most of your springs are going to be right along the Econfina,” said Connie Bersok, of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. “Those are in generally good quality. The springsshed, or the basin, is not an area that would have subdivisions, septic tanks or large-scale agriculture.”

Though most do not realize they’re causing damage, recreational users are rough on area springs. Cleckley described trampled wetlands and trees cut down or damaged by rope swings. He cited Pitt, Sylvan and Williford as being local springs of concern as far as recreation degradation.

Brian Katz, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, has spent 10 years studying Florida’s springs. He said he is encouraged to see lawmakers considering the health of the springs.
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