Wakulla Springs Set-Up – April 22-23, 2006

WKPP Update – April 22-23, 2006


Update by Casey McKinlay

After more than six years, I was surprised to receive an e-mail on March 27 from Wakulla Springs State Park indicating basin conditions were crystal-clear and 100+ ft. Since the summer of 2000, the WKPP had been operating on a limited basis in support of various research projects, but exploration was never a consideration, given the poor visibility in the cave system. Blue water was a distant memory as we adjusted over the years to various shades of black, brown and green. In fact, many on the team had never seen the spring clear, so needless to say, this was exciting news. Exciting in that we may have a window to explore, but the amount of work necessary to bring everyone up to speed would be a formidable challenge. With the Chip’s Hole project now complete, we would have a few weeks to get everything and everyone on the same page. It was time to clear the schedule and switch gears.

Some of the to-do’s:

  1. Prepare thirty safety tanks and thirty regulators