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From: "Doug Chapman" <dougch@at*.ne*>
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Subject: Conditions at Manatee Springs State Park, FL
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 12:16:44 -0500
Out of curiousity we did a dive upstream Friedman's a week or so ago and the
traverse to the head spring. The Park service said they had not been getting
many cave divers at Manatee lately. I suppose this may be due to the past
conditions. I had not made a dive in Manatee in more than three or four
years prior to this dive when it was sometimes difficult to get access to
Friedman's due to the number of dive teams.

On this recent dive, we found the conditions to be quite good for Manatee.
The level was down and so was the flow (a bit). The visability upstream
Friedman's was OK (this is a dark cave anyways due to its minerology).
Although the visability deteriorated noticeably around the downstream Chalky
Bypass lead to the Sewer Pipe, it was still adequate down to the headspring.
The lines seem to be in good shape and continuous. The conditions are
certainly reduced from what it has been in the past, but it is still a great
cave to dive.

- Doug

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