Southwest Florida’s Kissengen Spring …
Went dry decades ago.
Comparison of flow at Silver Spring (in Ocala) to Sheetflow in Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park
The good news: There’s a new water way in south Florida that’s is acting spring like. And by spring like, I mean at the same flow rate as Silver Spring, one of Florida’s premiere first magnitude springs located up in Ocala. Northeast Shark River Slough (shown in green above) and Silver Spring (shown in blue) are both discharging at just over 700 cubic feet per second (cfs). In layman terms, that’s about 19 Fenway Parks of water filled up to the top of the 37-ft high Green Monster every day. Despite that similarity, there are key differences, too. Silver Spring gets its water from the underlying Floridan Aquifer whereas NE Shark River Slough relies on a complex series of pumps, gates, bridges and regulatory release rules, all carefully watched over by a multi-agency team. Thought: Maybe Silver Silver Spring could use the same. As steady as it looks, its flows have diminished in recent decades as more groundwater has been pumped. And last but not least, the Big Cypress Swamp. It’s bridges are completely dry (shown in red). The Swamp, like the Glades, could use a little headwater delivery repair.
As for Kissengen Spring, that may be a lost cause — but I would never rule anything out.