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SPringsWatch: Wakulla River

This group is not currently accepting new volunteers. If you would like to join the wait list, complete the volunteer application below.

Located 16 miles south of Tallahassee, Wakulla Spring is one of the largest first magnitude artesian springs in Florida and the United States. Wakulla Spring lies within the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, which has been listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Natural Landmark. Wakulla Spring forms the headwaters of the Wakulla River, which flows for nearly 11 miles before merging with the St. Marks River. Wakulla springs is historically renown for is natural beauty.  It has been a favorite recreational site and important potable water source for residents of Leon, Wakulla, and surrounding counties. However, the river and springs have not been immune to human impacts. In recent years, they have demonstrated reductions and reversals in flow as well as increased growth of invasive hydrilla and filamentous algae, likely related to increased groundwater withdrawals for urban use. 

SpringsWatch volunteers conduct monthly sampling sessions along the Wakulla River. Our Wakulla group collects data on water temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, and aquatic vegetation.

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 or dashboard links below.

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Wakulla River SpringsWatch Data AND Monitoring summaries


2021 Monitoring Summary


2020 Monitoring Summary


2019 Monitoring Summary

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Springswatch volunteer application form

*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 Florida SpringsWatch program was funded in part through generous support from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Wakulla Springs Alliance