The Point, August 8, 2022: Loss of Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tours Symbolizes Florida’s Water Pollution Problems
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Today, WUFT News continues its WATERSHED series, a statewide survey of water quality marking the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the Florida Water Resources Act of 1972. Funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines National Initiative, UF Journalism Fellows have been reporting on state waters half a century after those sweeping laws. What progress can the state celebrate, and what waters are still sick or deteriorating amid climate change, pollution and outdated infrastructure? What bold actions are now possible?
This episode blends history and science to account for the loss of the Wakulla Springs glass-bottom boat tours, which celebrated Florida’s seemingly endless depths for a century. Now, with the water too murky to see through glass, the boats are beached – a symbol of the pollution plaguing the state’s fresh water and the cascade of consequences to come.
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About Today’s Curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, Editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I found a home that tells stories of Florida. I’m part of a team that searches every morning for local and national stories that are important to you. please send your comments on today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to [email protected].