Saving the Fred George Basin Dec 9, 2008 Reporter: Liza Park
Environmentalists have been working for two years to save what's left of the Fred George basin and Tuesday night their work paid off.
The Fred George basin is a large sinkhole and ecosystem along Fred George Road in northwest Leon County.
Those who want to preserve the area say much of the original basin has been lost to development.
Tuesday night Leon County Commissioners agreed to offer $900,000 of "Blueprint 2000" funds to purchase the land and another $200,000 for clean-up costs.
"The city of Tallahassee gets water directly from this sinkhole and we really need to preserve this area for future generations and we finally did it today and we're just very pleased," says Misty Penton of the Wildwood Preservation Society and who spearheaded efforts to save the basin.
The state is matching the funds spent on the preservation which will be turned into a public park.