SpringsWatch: Ichetucknee River
The Ichetucknee River is located in North Florida adn is a focal point for outdoor recreation in the area. The first three miles of the Ichetucknee System are located in Ichetucknee Springs State Park. This reach includes the head spring, as well as eight additional named springs and multiple unnamed springs, and flows for approximately 3.0 miles to the south from Ichetucknee Head Spring to US Hwy 27. From its crossing with US 27, the Ichetucknee flows an additional 1.8 miles to its confluence with the Santa Fe River, about 6.7 miles upstream from where the Santa Fe River enters the Suwannee River.
The Ichetucknee River and Springs were dedicated a National Natural Landmark in 1972, when Ichetucknee Springs first opened as a state park after its purchase from the Loncala corporation in 1970. Every year, tens of thousands of people recreate along the Ichetucknee engaging in kayaking, snorkeling, boating, and most popularly, tubing. The lower segment of the Ichetucknee is a residential area with homes and private property lining the banks of the river.
Volunteers with the Florida SpringsWatch program conduct monthly sampling along the Lower Ichetucknee River. Our Ichetucknee “Dry” group currently collects data for the following parameters: temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, and submerged aquatic vegetation surveys. This group also collects water samples for the Florida LakeWatch program as part of University of Florida’s IFAS Extension (click here for more info about LakeWatch). Our Ichtucknee “Wet” group conducts in-water fish counts, snail density surveys, snail egg counts, and horizontal Secchi measurements (water clarity). The SpringsWatch program is a great way to get out into the springs, learn, and volunteer. To learn more about the data our volunteers are collecting, click on the dashboard and report links below!
This group is currently accepting volunteers for the wet sessions only. You must have your own watercraft to participate in the wet and dry sessions for this SpringsWatch group.
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Photos by John Moran, Tessa Skiles, and Brenda Wells.
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