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Ocklawaha weeds In: Submit Comments On Restoring the Ocklawaha Springs | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River

Ryan Smart of the Florida Springs Council has sent the following letter outlining the opportunity to voice your opinion on the Ocklawaha Rodman Dam Fiasco.

It makes no sense at all to continue with the expensive and destructive dam on this river.  Impartial studies show that the local economy would be strengthened by eliminating the dam.

The river above the dam has been a weed-choked mess for years.

Please take a moment to send in your opinion.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


It’s time to breach the dam and let the Ocklawaha River and twenty drowned springs flow free. And you can help make that happen by participating in a short survey designed to gather public input on breaching the Rodman/Kirkpatrick dam. That link will only be available for 30 days, so don’t wait!

One question I am often asked is, “What’s the single most important project we can do today for Florida’s springs?” To me the answer is simple: Breach the Rodman Dam and Restore the Ocklawaha River, which would allow 20 drowned springs to flow once again. Removing the dam is essential to improving the health of Silver Springs. It is necessary to restore suffering migratory fish populations. And needed for the hundreds of manatees that could better access Silver Springs and other restored springs along the river, at a time with Florida’s manatee population is experiencing unprecedented mortality. Florida already has enough money set aside next year to restore the Ocklawaha fifty times over. It’s the most impactful springs restoration project available, but they need to hear from you.

Please take a few moments to tell the St. Johns River Water Management District, the Governor, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that the people of Florida support finally fixing a fifty-year-old mistake and restoring 20 springs, 3 rivers, and 7,500 acres of forested wetlands to their natural state.

Use the button below to find the link to participate and further instructions.

Let your voice be heard – submit your comments now
Thank you for being a part of the solution,

Ryan Smart
Executive Director,
Florida Springs Council

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