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SpringsWatch: Jackson Blue Spring

This group is currently accepting new volunteers.  Volunteers must have access to their own kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to participate in this group.

Jackson Blue Spring is a first magnitude spring located within the Blue Springs Recreation Area, operated by Jackson County. Jackson Blue and six smaller springs feed the artificially-impounded Merritts Mill PondThe south end of the spring pool connects to a lowland cypress-gum forest, and the northern half of the pool is surrounded by clear, grassy, upward-sloping ground.

Jackson Blue

2022 Monitoring Summary

Jackson Blue

2021 Monitoring Summary

Volunteers with the Florida SpringsWatch program conduct monthly sampling sessions at Jackson Blue Spring and six smaller springs along the northern half of Merritts Mill Pond. Our Jackson Blue Spring group collects data on water temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, and aquatic vegetation. In addition to water quality monitoring, this group also conducts visual fish counts. A mask, snorkel, and fins are required for volunteers who wish to participate in the fish count.  (Click here to learn more about the fish commonly found in Florida springs.)

SpringsWatch offers participants a deep dive into understanding the ecology of Florida springs as well as a fun day on the water helping to generate research which supports them.  To learn more about the data our volunteers are collecting, click on the monitoring summary above.

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*Groups with a wait list are at capacity and currently not accepting new volunteers. If you wish to select one of these groups, we suggest applying for an additional group with no wait list to ensure you are able to participate in sampling as soon as possible. Apply for as many as you like!

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Shannon Letcher

FSI SpringsWatch Volunteer Coordinator


The Jackson Blue SpringsWatch program was funded in part through generous support from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.