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Dispatch 5 Audio Transcripts

This page contains the transcripts of audio tracks included in the Springs Expedition dispatches.


Understanding Sinkholes: Seeing the Water Beyond the Springs

Park ranger Sam Cole explains how dye trace project led to purchase of Rose Sink
This is Rose Sink. It's normally under regular water conditions it's about maybe 80 feet across. It's very close to the intersection of two county highways in Columbia County right at Columbia City. So, there's a lot of influence from highway runoff; you've got a gas station on the west slope and some issues with their storm water retention there. So, it's been a pretty touchy topic, actually, for lang acquisition. With the dye trace study in 1997 that pretty much gave us the data we needed to say this is exactly directly linked to the Ichetucknee Springs. And, that was probably the "oomph" that got this area purchased. It's very much a sink hole pond with banks that are coned shape. At the bottom of this I believe about 45 feet down or so is a major conduit opening. And, it's actually very fast flowing water, very wide opening. So, what you're seeing here on the water level is kind of the back flow. But the water rushes under at the point of this. That's where the dye was actually released. It took eight days for it to go from here down to the park, and it came out of seven of the major springs. The only one it didn't come out of was the Ichetucknee Head Spring.


Park ranger Sam Cole explains how children become springs advocates
We've actually brought school groups out here; Columbia City Elementary. We've brought them out here and done a whole series of programs with them about things we're talking about; different things about the springs. They go home just brimming over with the information and tell their parents about it. You know, they tell them things such as, "Did you know that that gas station up the hill was… all the stuff coming out of the parking lot was going in there and it goes to the Ichetucknee River and they put in all this stuff to protect it, so let it filter out." They go home with that kind of stuff, so that's fantastic. That's what we're looking for.


Park ranger Sam Cole explains the importance of getting the word out about springs protection
When you're talking about an area that's so huge; many, many square miles, that involves many private land owners, government agencies, many aspects of county government, it takes a lot of effort to get the word out that this is important for protection. Education is a big, big part of that. And that's actually been one of the focuses of the water quality working group for the Ichetucknee. It's just been getting the word out.

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