Morrison Springs, Walton County

Morrison still doesn’t look great. It has been raining on and off this week. The water has gone down a bit, but it is still rather tannic and there is a lot of pollen, fallen leaves, and a bit of trash floating on the surface. I didn’t see any evidence of clearing near the vent at all today. Somebody commented that the viz is 7′.

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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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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.

Misty Morning at Morrison Springs

Despite all the rain last night, and earlier in the week, Morrison is surprisingly clear. I was expecting muddy Choctawhatchee River water. That doesn’t mean it won’t invade later today as the river continues to rise, we’ll just have to see.

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Mist, not murk, the water is quite clear

Since I was expecting murk I didn’t actually get in, but I think the water is at least as clear as it was last weekend. I think it may be a bit better in fact, because the training platform is clearly visible from the surface at both the shore and from the entry dock. I couldn’t say about the fine particles observed in the water column last week.

It is very misty down in the river bottom this morning and the boardwalk is slippery in places, so use caution.

Morrison is a bit murky…

Morrison is a little murky this morning. There is a lot of super-fine particulate matter suspended in the water. In most of the spring bowl the visibility is 8-12’…if I am being very generous. It looks like it does in the afternoon when three or more classes  have been doing check-out dives all day and the bottom is stirred up. However, nobody was in the water early so I can’t say where the silt came from. The side of the spring bowl closest to the floating dock has better vis, 12’+, but when entering from the shore it gets murky very quickly. The layer of murk goes down to at least the training platform. I wasn’t on SCUBA, so I cannot say what the vis is like down deeper in the bowl or the cavern. Not a deal-breaker for me, but not the crystal clear water I was hoping for.

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Looks really nice from shore…
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Pretty in the shallows…
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Artsy cypress stump
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Lots of little sunfish

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The haze becomes obvious as you swim away from shore
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Going toward the submerged training platform
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The training platform
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Looking down at the log over the vent, duck fin for scale. Naked eye can make out the log, camera can’t really