Restoration of the Rodman Reservoir by removing the Rodman Dam

Restoration of the Rodman Reservoir by removing the Rodman Dam

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Madeline Boyd started this petition to Florida Defenders of the Environment Jim Gross

The Rodman Dam prevents the migration of manatees as well as 20 fish species, including striped bass and American shad that once left the Atlantic Ocean to spawn in the river's upper reaches. Today that lock and dam system costs an estimated $1 million a year to maintain, and another $2 million may be needed for repairs. Damage to wildlife and a once-abundant riverine ecosystem is incalculable. Restoration might cost $20 million — less than the last 48 years' worth of maintenance costs.

The Silver River, which feeds into the Ocklawaha, has lost more than 90 percent of its fish population since the dam was built. Not only will the removal of the Rodman improve wildlife, it will improve the quality of the water in the Silver River, the Ocklawaha River and the St. Johns River, which the Ocklawaha feeds into.

Taking the Rodman dam down will not destroy quality fishing, as dam supporters say. A free-flowing Ocklawaha will likely become filled with fish and remain a draw to fisherman. FDE and others say the river has lost more than 20 species of fish, not to mention manatees, because the dam blocks upstream movement and spawning.

 

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