Documentary “Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida” Airs on PBS

The documentary, Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida airs on PBS television. Produced by filmmakers and veteran cave explorers Wes Skiles and Jill Heinerth, the film takes viewers on a journey deep into the Floridan Aquifer while making connections to pollution on the land’s surface. The film is shown extensively in Florida and also nationally.

Dye-Tracing Confirms Connection to Surface Water Pollution to Aquifer

Dye-tracing surface water inputs to Ichetucknee Springs by Karst Environmental Services confirmed the connections between Dyal and Black sinks to the Rose Creek Cave System. Rose Creek was previously traced to springs of the Ichetucknee Group. This trace also confirmed the connection of an elementary school well to this conduit system, as pink dye-colored water turned up in the school drinking water coolers during the trace.

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The Wacissa Spring Group lies at the northern end of the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson
County and forms the headwaters of the Wacissa River. Over twenty springs form a cluster that runs
along the river. A public boat ramp allows for easy access to the core of the spring cluster. This dense
core contains Log, Thomas, Wacissa #1-4, and Acuilla springs, which together form a large bowl of fast-
flowing water. Along the run, large patches of Coontail compete with beds of Hydrilla beneath the clear
water. The combined magnitude and isolation of the Wacissa springs make the location one of the most
pristine in the state, earning the system a spot on the list of OFSs despite none of the individual springs
flowing at the first magnitude.