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Whitewater Springs 2-inch flowing wells

Whitewater Springs 2-inch flowing wells

Whitewater Springs impoundment

Whitewater Springs impoundment

Whitewater Springs 4-inch flowing well

Whitewater Springs 4-inch flowing well

Whitewater Springs

Putnam County

Description

Whitewater Springs is a group of surficial aquifer seeps and artesian wells in the sandy sides and bottoms of two wooded ravines that comprise the 85-acre Ravine Gardens State Park. The ravines range from 70 to 120 feet in depth and converge on each other from the west and southwest to coalesce at a point about 0.25 mile west of the St. Johns River. The ravines are probably caused by headward erosion due to surficial aquifer seepage from the sandy sides of the ravines.

The cumulative flow of the seeps and the flow from at least three 2-inch and six 4-inch wells drilled in the floor of the ravines is impounded by a small dam at the confluence of the ravines. The flow from the ravines was the main source of water for the city of Palatka until 1972, when the city began using wells for its public supply. The Ravine Gardens State Park provides recreational activities such as walking, jogging, picnicking, and nature trails.

Discharge

Discharge from Whitewater Springs, measured in 1972 by the U.S. Geological Survey, was 1.4 cubic feet per second.

Water quality

No water quality data are available for Whitewater Springs.

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