The Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline route went through this area, and the new route is only slightly to the north. There are springs all over this area. The same karst limestone underlies the Withlacoochee River in Georgia, where the river already leaks into the aquifer north of Valdosta. A pipeline anywhere in the karst limestone containing the Floridan Aquifer is a very bad idea. Profit for Sabal Trail, FPL, or Spectra Energy is no excuse for risking our drinking water.
SRWMD PR 4 December 2014, Falmouth dye trace reveals unknown connectivity,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LIVE OAK, FL, December 4, 2014 — The District and Florida Geological Survey introduced dye into Falmouth Spring On September 4th, in hopes of learning which other springs were connected to the known Falmouth Cathedral Cave System. Two days after the dye was release the dye appeared in two springs previously not known to be connected, Ellaville and Suwannacoochee.
Ellaville is located next to Suwannee River State Park on the south side of the Suwannee River, while Suwannacoochee is Falmouth dye trace shows connection to Ellaville and Suwannacooche Springs located north of the Suwannee and flows into the Withlachoochee River from the west. These two springs are connected by the Suwannacoochee Cave System. Four days later the dye appeared in two other springs, Lime Run Spring and Lime Spring, both of which were thought to be connected to the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System. Further analyses of collected samples may reveal connections to other springs in the area.
“It is truly exciting to explore and gain an increased understanding about the natural hydrology. This type of information sets the District in a better position to protect resources, namely the Upper Florida Aquifer,” said Executive Director, Ann Shortelle, Ph. D.
For more information about springs within the District,
www.mysuwanneeriver.com/springs or contact Erich Marzolf, Ph.D. 386-362-1001.
CONTACT: Abby Johnson Office of Communications
Suwannee River Water Management District
386.362.1001 or 800.226.1066 (FL)