December 1999-January 2000-Update Summary

WKPP dive reports – December 1999/January 2000

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Project Coordinator Casey McKinlay reports on the continuing dives during the WKPP’s 1999-2000 exploration efforts at Wakulla Springs:



Wakulla remains green with 20ft of visibility in the main conduit. In fact, conditions are not improving as expected in spite of continued dry conditions in North Florida. Visibility aside, divers worked 5 separate sites over 3 days the weekend of 11 December.

Cheryl Sink: OC team of Irvine and McKinlay traveled upstream to look at two separate leads and assess flow/visibility. Neither lead revealed going cave but the flow in the system was exceptionally high with visibility averaging 50-60ft. Billy Baxter and Chris Elmore handled support for the divers and the documentary crew from NHK Japan in Emerald Sink. OC Team of Landon, Gol and Lennon traveled downstream past the halfway point to Clearcut Sink, searching for new leads and repairing line. Skip MacElhannon, Billy Baxter and Chris Elmore handled support and conducted smaller scale dives.



Wakulla: OC Team 1 of Straatsma and Baxter traveled into B-Tunnel for some line work while OC Team 2 of Landon and Gol worked C-Tunnel. OC Team 3 of Irvine, Miller and McKinlay headed to D-Tunnel to capture video of the entire passage back to the last room. Visibility was great through D-Tunnel, with Barry and George stopping along the way to video Sheck Exley’s compass on the passage floor. OC Team 4 of Koritz, Rose and Jackson also traveled to D-Tunnel, joining the video team in the last room and on the exit. Support divers Deschamps, Carson and Lennon began work on the line replacement out to B/C junction and handled deep support and setup. Support divers Nanci LeVake and Chris Elmore took care of the morning and afternoon in-water setup with Harvey Boyd, Skip MacElhannon, and “old man” Steve Dittner joining the fun. A big thanks to William Lentz and Larry Ficker for helping out and Cameron Martz for handling Surface Manager responsibilities.



Shepard Spring (St Mark’s Wildlife Refuge): Chris Werner, David Sweetin, and Brett Dodson supported the NHK Japanese documentary crew, conducted water analysis, captured in-water photos and gathered biological specimens.



Sullivan Sink: OC Team of Jackson, Kortiz, Deschamps and LeVake traveled upstream to check several leads and repair the line. Reported visibility was excellent with a high water level in the sink.



Indian Springs: OC Team 1 of Werner and Auer shot photos in the cavern and downstream section while the Japanese film crew took video. OC Team 2 of Sweetin and Dodson gathered water quality information and several interesting specimens from the downstream section including shrimp, crayfish and amphipods. Cavern visibility averaged 100ft+. McKinlay handled support for the film crew.



Altogether, the WKPP has had a successful few weeks of smaller scale diving.



Individual Dive Reports for December/January below:

Indian Spring, 2000-01-27, Lais, Hunsucker

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Indian Spring, 2000-01-27, Lais, Hunsucker

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Date 2000-01-27
Site Indian Springs
Team Lais, Hunsucker
Objective Travel to Wakulla Room and Power Room, and provide support to OC team of Koritz and Jackson (if needed). Tune buddy skills.
Logistics double stage, tow scooter each.
Bottom Time 77 minutes
Maximum Depth 185
Results Traveled upstream with OC team of Choat and Carson. At first stage drop, Hunsucker and Lais continued to Wakulla Room, then to the Power Room. Checked for leads. Met Jackson and Koritz at stage drop on the way back, then passed Rose and Deschamps.

Harvey’s, 2000-01-23, Jackson, Deschamps

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Harvey’s, 2000-01-23, Jackson, Deschamps

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Date 2000-01-23
Site Harveys
Team Greg Jackson Herve Deschamps
Objective Check visibility Check the line Get familiar with this system Tune Diving skills
Logistics Single stage with one scooter each and backup scooter.
Bottom Time 60
Maximum Depth 130
Results The team first reached “The Pit” after 3-4 minutes of scootering. They then came back a little and took the first jump on the left. Around 1000 feet into the cave they found another jump that led through a restriction to a large room with going small tunnels. They turned around and continued on the main line. Made a left a the T, through another short restriction to find the end of the line soon afterwards. They then safely exited the cave system. Visibility ranged from 30 to 70 feet. The cave is very silty in most places with black walls. The line is in good state. We moved it up and tied it on the wall in one place so that it would not get burried.

Indian Spring, 2000-01-22, Rose, Deshamps

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Indian Spring, 2000-01-22, Rose, Deshamps

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Date 2000-01-22
Site Indian
Team John Rose, Herve Deshamps
Objective Practice team procedures Tune diving skills
Logistics Double Stage, One scooter each and a backup scooter.
Bottom Time 65
Maximum Depth 170
Results The team successfully reached the Wakulla room, 5000 feet into the cave. They then came back a few hundred feet and took a jump towards the Power Room. After a quick circle around the room they scootered towards the entrance of the cave.

Indian Spring, 2000-01-22, Koritz, Jackson

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Indian Spring, 2000-01-22, Koritz, Jackson

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Date 2000-01-22
Site Indian
Team Terry Koritz Greg Jackson
Objective Gain familiarity of system past the Wakulla Room.
Logistics Each towed a full Gavin backup Scooter. Tripple Stage. Used no backgas. N50 and O2 for deco.
Bottom Time 80 minutes. 20 at 285.
Maximum Depth 296
Results Explored two lines going off the three way split.

Indian Spring, 2000-01-15, Werner, Deschamps

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Indian Spring, 2000-01-15, Werner, Deschamps

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Date 2000-01-15
Site Indian
Team Werner Deschamps
Objective Survey jump on left hand side 4300 feet inside the cave.
Logistics One scooter each and a backup Double stage
Bottom Time 58 min
Maximum Depth 150
Results The team successfully survey this passage. The passage loops back to the main line 100 feet south east of the starting point. There is only 180 feet of passage.

Indian Spring, 2000-01-15, Deschamps, LeVake

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Indian Spring, 2000-01-15, Deschamps, LeVake

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Date 2000-01-15
Site Indian Spring
Team Herv

Bird Sink, 2000-01-08, Lennon, Auer, LeVake, Deschamps

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Bird Sink, 2000-01-08, Lennon, Auer, LeVake, Deschamps

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Date 2000-01-08
Site Bird Sink
Team David Lennon, Steve Auer, Nanci LeVake, Herv

Cheryl Sink, 2000-01-02, McKinlay, Koritz

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Cheryl Sink, 2000-01-02, McKinlay, Koritz

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Date 2000-01-02
Site Cheryl Sink
Team McKinlay, Koritz
Objective Investigate upstream Bitter End tunnel for blue water source.
Logistics Double stage, towed scooter
Bottom Time 70
Maximum Depth 230
Results Water flowing from Bitter End tunnel and Black Abyss #2 no longer blue. Main tunnel visibility improved compared to 3 weeks ago. Marked lead near stage drop #2; right wall on exit. Alcove appears to open up.