Spring Run Swamps

spring run hardwoods, photo by Larry KorhnakFlooding is usually less dramatic in river swamps along spring runs and hydroperiods may be short.

Since spring runs are fed from the limestone aquifer, the chemical characteristics of spring run waters differ from those of the silt-laden whitewater rivers and the dark, acidic blackwater rivers. However, many spring runs discharge directly into larger rivers. During the wet season, water backing up into spring runs may obscure the subtle differences between the river swamps introduced above and spring run swamps.