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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jackson Blue Spring, Merritt’s Mill Pond restoration plan discussed

Published April 23, 2014
ackson Blue — a first-magnitude Jackson County spring located within the Apalachicola River Basin — and Merritt’s Mill Pond suffer from nutrient pollution. According to DEP, preliminary information indicates nitrate contribution to Jackson Blue Spring and Merritt’s Mill Pond is derived primarily from inorganic fertilizer use and, to a lesser degree, from septic systems and animal waste being washed off by stormwater and seeping into the underlying karst geology.

Jackson Blue Spring contributes approximately 69 percent of the total flow to Merritt’s Mill Pond. Both water bodies are economically valuable to the state and local communities, with public land near Jackson Blue Spring including the popular 195-acre Blue Springs Recreational Area.

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