Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

February 23, 2012

No Damn Dam

Earthjustice has filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service in an attempt to undo an outrageous waste of money and complete disregard for a wildlife folly known as the
 "Cross Florida Barge Canal Project, that was shut down by Nixon in 1971.
The original project was meant to connect the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico and when it was stopped, the dam was left behind to the absolute detriment of local wildlife, the Ocklawaha River and the Ocala National Forest.
If you drive north on County Highway 19 in Lake County and head towards Palatka, you will drive right over this meaningless canal.
This project is kind of the Florida version of a "bridge to nowhere."
The dam, once called the Rodman Dam, is now nothing more than a self serving recreational play ground for fishing and boating communities and it needs to come down, so that the wildlife can return to their ancestral warmer waters, which in the cold months, are where they desperately need to be to survive.
The lives of the Endangered Manatee and Shortnose Sturgeon, are at stake and while they cannot vote, they do have many concerned Florida voters watching out for them.

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