The Northwest Florida Water Management District is asking the state to fund nine new septic to sewer conversion projects. These projects span across Wakulla County and would connect 636 homes to central sewer systems. It’s part of an effort to reduce the amount of nitrogen going into Wakulla Spring. Brett Cyphers, Executive Director of the district, says nitrogen feeds algal blooms which in turn block out light underwater plants need to survive.
“You can damage fish habitat and their ability to catch the food that they eat which then causes kind of a spiraling degradation of the spring not just to look at but from its actual function as a living breathing habitat for flora and fauna,” Cyphers says.
Cyphers says the goal is to get more than 4,000 homes connected to sewer. But says that will take several years.