Williford Spring sign, 2016-07-29 Williford site map on Welcome sign after parking lot, 2016-07-29
Williford Spring Recreation Area, sign at entry, 2016-07-29. Boating, Tubing, Picnicking, Birding, Swimming, and Hiking

Interpretive Signs, Williford Spring - Econfina Creek 2016

Click any image for a larger version. Dates are when I photographed the sign. Note that there are several signs missing from this page, to be supplied.

QR code for Water Management websiteNorthwest Florida Water Management District seal, 2016 Northwest Florida Water Management District seal, 2016-07-29. Econfina Creek Wildlife Management District, Econfina Creek Water Management Area

Welcome sign Welcome to Williford Spring, sign on path leaving parking lot, 2016-07-29. This recreation area has been purchased and restored for the protection and long-term enjoyment of your water resources. Have fun. Be safe. And enjoy the natural wonders of Econfina Creek.

Dawn-to-Dusk use only. Canoe, kayak and tube launching from canoe dock only. Alcoholic beverages prohibited. All pets prohibited (except service animals). No littering. Please use trash cans or recycle bins. Please stay on established trails, sidewalks and boardwalks. No running or horseplay. Please do not damage facilities. Please do not harm trees, plants or animals.

For Emergencies Call: Washington County Sheriff Department at 850-638-6111 or dial 911. For more information on this site and others, contact the Northwest Florida Water Management District at 850-539-5999 or visit www.nwfwater.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Williford site map Welcome sign detail: Site map. Two maps are shown on the Hiking page. Legend icons (top to bottom, left to right): Your Location. Sylvan Spring Trail, Interpretive Trail, Picnic Pavilion, Parking, Information, Restrooms, View, Swimming Area, Canoe Dock, Tube Dock.

Carolina Basswood Tree 2016-07-29 Carolina Basswood, sign at the start of the Nature Trail, 2016-07-29. Carolina Basswood. Tilia americana L. var. caroliniana. Carolina Basswood is a deciduous tree that grows 50-80 feet in height. This hardwood tree is easily identified by its heart-shaped leaf. Native Americans and settlers used the inner bark to make rope, mats, and baskets. Its wood is easily worked and was once the wood of choice for creating early prosthetic limbs.

Floridan Aquifer sign, 2016-07-29 Floridan Aquifer, 2016-07-29. The water you see at Williford Spring emerges from the Floridan Aquifer. The land beneath your feet is a body of rock that stores water and allows it to easily move through it. In special regions such as this, the water escapes through springs, seeps, and sinkholes. As one of the United States' major aquifers, the Floridan Aquifer supplies approximately 10 million people with their drinking water each day.

Fkirudan Aquifer detail Floridan Aquifer Cutaway sign detail. Labels left to right: Floridan aquifer system. Sinkhole, recharge, lake, fresh water, salt water, surficial aquifer, water table, upper confining unit, surficial well, Floridan well, intermediate well, surface sand and soil, intermediate aquifer system, discharge area, spring, limestone

Forever Changed sign, 2016-07-29 Forever Changed, sign on patio deck by spring steps, 2016-07-29. 2015 photo. What has changed? (Look through the holes in the viewer.) In 2015, Northwest Florida Water Management District began the Williford Spring restoration project with the goal to restore and protect the spring vent and shoreline and improve the water quality in Econfina Creek and Deer Point Lake Reservoir. The results of the restoration project is what you see today.

Spring Vent. Over 87,500 pounds of sediment were removed from the spring opening (or vent) during the restoration process. All of this sediment was caused by shoreline erosion and stormwater impacts, which reduced the flow of the spring and caused water quality problems.

Shoreline. The shoreline restoration and protection efforts added plants to capture sediments and prevent erosion. The added plants provide habitat for animals native to this ecosystem.

Quick Facts. 18 Million gallons per day flow from Williford Spring. 35 Cubic yards of sediment removed during restoration. 8,000 Years it is estimated that Williford Spring has flowed.

Caution No Diving sign on patio deck, 2016-09-07 Caution sign, 2015-08-07. Steep Slope and Underwater Obstructions. No Diving. No lifeguards on duty. No canoes, kayaks or tube launching. No glass containers. No animals allowed. Beware of wildlife.

Shoreline Restoration, 2016-07-29 Shoreline Restoration, 2016-07-29. Watch your step. Natural shorelines can be worn away by humans, canoes, kayaks and boat traffic. This causes erosion and poor water quality. You can help protect Williford Spring and the quality of the water by remaining off the shoreline and by only entering and exiting the spring by using the steps and the canoe dock provided.

Terraces. This drawing shows the cross-section of the shoreline restoration designed by Genesis Group. The terraces allow for better root growth of the newly planted vegetation along the shoreline. Over time as vegetation matures the terraces will form a gentle slope to the waters edge. The plants roots will help to control future erosion and provide habitat for the many plants and animals in the ecosystem.

Composting toilet sign, 2016-07-29 Composting Toilet, sign by restrooms, 2016-07-29. This restroom uses natural processes to decompose waste deposited inside. Developed by Clivus Multrum, Inc., the unique feature of this system is the slanted bottom that separates the liquids from solids while treating the liquid in an aerobic environment. Separation allows the solid waste to be digested by microbes and earthworms into usable compost, while the liquid waste is stabilized by microbes into a liquid compost usable as fertilizer. A solar powered fan draws the offensive odors outside through a vent.

Utilizing composting toilets prevents nutrients from entering the aquifer and affecting water quality. The sandy soil in this region allows surface water to enter the aquifer extremely fast. Springs and creeks with high nutrients become overgrown with weeds and algae and cause the natural ecosystem to degrade.

Numbers in the image: 1 Toilet. 2 Solid Compost. 3 Fan. 4 Solar Panel. 5 Liquid Compost.

Ash Trees of Williford Spring, 2016-07-26 Ash Trees of Williford Spring, on the boardwalk to the boat dock, 2016-07-26. You can identify the Ash trees that you will encounter in the Williford Spring area. Just by observing your ecosystem, tree size, trunk shape, and leaf color, you can identify all of the different ash trees along the boardwalk and trails. Identification Key. Ecosystem. Trunk. Leaves.

Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda): Swamps and floodplains, Swollen base, Green or rusty underside of leaf.

Florida Ash (Fraxinus pauciflora): Swamps and floodplains, Multiple trunks, Green or rusty underside of leaf.

White Ash (Fraxinus americana L.): Upland woods, Straight and even trunk, White underside of leaf.

Springs of Econfina 1 Springs of Econfina 2 Springs of Econfina 3 Springs of Econfina Creek, 2016-07-29.

Big Water. The typical amount of water flowing through Econfina Creek is estimated to be near 290 million gallons per day. That water comes from two sources: surface water runoff and springs. It is estimated that 82 percent of the water in Econfina Creek originates from these freshwater springs.

How Big is Big. Springs are categorized by their magnitude, or how much water flows out of them. They range in size from first magnitude springs (the largest) to eighth magnitude springs (the smallest). Williford Spring is a second magnitude spring and is one of the larger springs on Econfina Creek. It discharges more than 16 million gallons of water per day.

Spring Magnitude: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Devils Hole. Tupelo Spring, Palm Springs, Glowing Spring, Bathtub Spring, Blue Springs, Barking Spring, Strickland Springs, Williford Springs, Bluff Spring, Sylvan Springs, Pitt Spring, McCormick Spring, Fenceline Spring, Gainer Springs Group.

Southern Blue Flag Iris Southern Blue Flag Iris, sign on the way to the boat dock from the spring, 2016-07-26. The Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica) is the largest of native irises found in Florida. It grows to a height of 3-4 feet. This showy wildflower blooms in the spring and grows in moist to wet soil. It is a hardy iris that is often planted in rain gardens for its beauty and ability to help prevent stormwater runoff. During the spring, look for the blue flowers along the shoreline at Williford Spring.

Protect your spring, 2016-08-07 "Protect your springs. Use Dock to Access Spring", sign over the spring run seen by boaters from Econfina Creek.

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