River Be Dammed

What would happen to the Kirkpatrick Dam if the Rodman Pool or Ocklawaha River were designated as an Alternative Water Supply? As the St Johns River Water Management District prepares its 20 year Water Supply Plan, Florida environmentalists fear that the District is not prioritizing conservation and is instead leaning on surface water supplies, such as the spring-fed Ocklawaha River. They argue that the designation of the Ocklawaha River, St Johns River or even Rodman Pool as Alternative Water Supplies would negatively impact river systems that are already stressed by existing pollution problems, reduced flow, nuisance plants, oxidizing floodplain soils and subsidence, and that these designations would not support the necessary, wide-scale implementation of conservation measures.

Chapter Five of ‘River be dammed: Florida’s forgotten river’ looks into SJRWMD’s draft Water Supply Plan and its potential impacts on the Ocklawaha and St Johns rivers, if they are designated Alternative Water Supplies. Sponsored by Florida Defenders of the Environment.