Morrison Springs, Walton County

Morrison is clear and the Health Department warning is gone!

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Morrison Springs, Walton County

The water is clear but the health warning is still up (clear water does not = clean water, you have been warned). Upon closer inspection there seems to be some murky river water on the downstream side of the basin, there is a lot of debris on the surface from the recent rain, and a fairly large selection of oil slicks.

I didn’t stay very long because there was a young man, with a skateboard, in the parking lot who appeared to be casing cars.

Morrison Springs, Walton County

Water is closed due to bacteria.

I personally intend to heed the warning: I already got an ear infection once this year, presumably from swimming in the spring after a heavy rainfall (the water was clear but that doesn’t mean a thing).

Morrison Springs, Walton County

Morrison is fairly clear. I was surprised since there has been some rain this week with a couple of storms yesterday afternoon. The viz is at least 12′ on the upstream side of the basin. It looks like there may be some dark water on the downstream side but I’m not sure, as I was up on the SCUBA dock and not in the water. There were a few oil blobs, but no big slicks, and some leaf litter in the water but otherwise nothing gross.

Morrison Springs, Walton County

Morrison is murky, which is unsurprising considoring the 2.28+” of rainfall this week. The water is tannic, murky, and there are a lot of small pil slicks. It seems there are oil slicks every time I go to Morrison this year. Tenish years ago I never remember seeing oil in Morrison and I know motor boats were in the basin, so that probably isn’t it. A lot of fish are jumping down near the bouey and there are a lot of interesting birds.