Unsurprisingly, Morrison is Still Muddy 6/15/18

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Visibility is currently only suitable for turtles…
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Upper left portion of the middle of this pic shows a ~6′ wide spot of blue water where the vent is. The rest is chocolate milk muddy.

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PDL Springs SP, Holmes County

Clear, as usual. I may stop reporting on this spring unless it actually isn’t clear. It’s not like it’s a “destination” spring like some of the others and is mostly used by local visitors. I’d appreciate input on this.

Ponce de Leon Springs SP, Holmes County

PDL springs is clear, although the level is up with the rain. I know this isn’t helpful for SCUBA, but it’s still a pretty spring. It doesn’t seem to be too crowded right now. The water is 68F, as usual.

Morrison Springs, Walton County

The visibility at Morrison is not fantastic. If it holds where it is (doubtful, scroll down for river graph) checkout dives will not be horrible. There has been quite a bit of rain this week and the water is up to the metal picnic tables and somewhat tannic, although not really cloudy like if there was muddy river water back-flowing.

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We got a comment on the Click HERE to Post Current Conditions page that says the vis is about 12′!

That is consistent with what I observed around 6:30 this morning. I also saw a small turtle (not sure if it was a cooter or a slider, it had yellow on its head though) and there is a bit of an oil slick and a lot of debris on the surface of Morrison. Due to the oil slick I was not about to put my phone or any part of my person in the water, so no underwater pics today.

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Nasty oil slick

It is misty again this morning and will probably stay that way since we are supposed to have more rain.

I don’t think the visibility is going to improve at all this weekend due to the projected river graph:

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This is a screenshot from about 8am

Good luck to the SCUBAs doing check-out dives this weekend!

PS. The yellow flies are getting annoying. Keep in mind that they are attracted to dark-colored clothes.

Ponce de Leon Springs SP, Holmes County

PDLS is clear at the moment. If we get the anticipated tropical storm that may change. The park usually fills up quickly on holiday weekends. In the photo you can see that the near vent is a bit bigger/deeper than usual since the park service removed some accumulated sediment.