The Woodville Karst Plain (WKP) is one of the best-characterized and most studied karst basins in the world, discharging vast quantities of water from the Floridian aquifer. In fact, all of Florida’s first-magnitude springs discharge from an extensively karsified region of the Floridian aquifer. Most of Florida’s first-magnitude springs, though, are in decline with respect to water quantity, quality or both. To improve aquifer protection and remediation strategies aimed at protecting Florida’s groundwater and spring resources, GUE has partnered with the Hydrogeology Consortium and the Florida Geological Survey. This consortium includes key government organizations, universities and special interest groups. This cooperative research effort is aimed at
Furthering the understanding of the hydraulic behavior of karstic aquifers,
Substantially advancing the science of karst groundwater and surface water hydrology, and
Providing public access to relevant information via the worldwide web.
In the past several years, significant steps have been taken to instrument and quantify the hydraulic behavior of the WKP in and around Wakulla Springs. Additionally, key collaborative relationships have been established that will greatly foster the success and impact of the endeavor.