Woodville Karst Plain Project

DUI and Woodville Karst Plain Project DUI is a Proud Sponsor of the WKPP - Woodville Karst Plain Project WKPP logoEstablished in 1990, The WKPP is a non-profit 501c3 scientific research and exploration project.The mission of the WKPP is to explore, survey, connect and protect the flooded underwater cave systems of North Florida's Woodville Karst Plain. To this end, the WKPP promotes public awareness, education and scientific discovery through exploration and research support within these flooded underground cave systems. Through partnerships with state, federal and private landowners, the WKPP is uniquely positioned to facilitate scientific research and the gathering of valuable data. In turn, researchers, resource managers, policy makers and landowners can formulate necessary and responsible land use decisions to protect these unique and treasured resources for future generations. Wakulla TunnelsProject Highlights Officially Established: 1990 17 years as an official project, 22 years total Total # current, volunteer team members: 75 Avg. # volunteer team members per event: 25 Investment 7,500+ dives since 1990 300,000+ hours since 1990 Amount of equipment moved per event: 15,000lbs Longest exploration dive: 26.5 hours Average exploration dive: 15 hours Direct expenses per exploration dive: est. $10,000 Total direct expenses since 1990: est. $3 million Equipment cost per exploration diver: est. $85,000 Equipment cost (total team): est. $1.5 million Results Total distance explored/mapped: 20+ miles Maximum depth—325ft / Average depth—285ft Largest tunnel diameter—100ft x 150ft Smallest tunnel diameter—5ft x 5ft Connected Leon Sinks and Wakulla Cave Systems—2007 Research Groundwater tracing support—2003-07 Hydraulic meter installation & support—2003-07 Well installation support & documentation—2003-04 Cave Radio Location deployment & support—2003-07 Education and Outreach Wakulla Springs Working Group Member—1992-2007 Wakulla Springs Earth Day exhibitor—1995-2007 Wakulla County Town Hall meeting—2004 Leon County Town Hall meeting—2004 Wakulla Springs Workshop—2005 WKPP Cave Diving Records World Record— longest traverse between two openings into a flooded cave system—Big Dismal Sink to Cheryl Sink Traverse 1999—13,000ft World Record – longest penetration into a flooded cave system – 23,810 ft. Wakulla Springs, June 23, 2007 World Record – longest penetration into a flooded cave system – 20,100 ft. Wakulla Springs, May 19, 2006 World Record—longest penetration into a flooded cave system- 19,000ft. Wakulla Springs, July, 2000. Wakulla-Leon Sinks Cave System Ranks #1 in the US—longest underwater cave system Ranks #4 in the world—longest underwater cave system Ranks #64 in the world—longest cave system wet or dry Click the links below to learn more about the recent efforts, team procedures and a history of exploration within the Woodville Karst Plain of North Florida. Woodville Karst Plain Project information sheet www.gue.com www.wkpp.org