Central Florida - Danny Goodding


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Underwater at Manatee Springs

Unfortunately this spring, like many others in Florida, is becoming increasingly crowded with algal growth primarily because Floridians like to dump an incredible amount of fertilizer on their property. Much of Florida has karst topography that allows for underground flow of water, resulting in amazing springs like this. Excess fertilizer combined with historically low aquifer levels means less flow and too much nutrient input into these systems. Multiple algae species can grow so extensively that they can completely choke out a springhead when combined with low flow conditions. This can lead to low oxygen levels and excess ammonia, reducing the ability of life to live there.

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