The above photo of an algae covered turtle swimming among algae mats was taken at a sinkhole near to Wakulla Spring. The sink is a stop on Jim Stevenson’s Wakulla Spring Overland Tour, which WFSU will be taping as part of our EcoShakespeare series. Jim uses the sink as an example of the connectivity between area sinks and Wakulla Spring, and to illustrate the high level of nitrates entering the spring. Wakulla Spring’s issues are representative of those facing the larger Floridan aquifer, through which the Wakulla Spring underground cave system runs. The Floridan aquifer was the focus of the Sharing Water Conference in Monticello earlier this month.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
Are agriculture and the environment inherent enemies? Seven billion people on this planet need to eat. Industrial agriculture produces food on a large scale, but can tax water supplies and create nutrient rich runoff that can wreck marine and freshwater ecosystems. Small organic farms like those in the video above take great care to use practices that protect waterways. But can the world be fully fed by this type of agriculture? In early October, a diverse group of people gathered in Monticello to discuss issues such as these. Continue reading