“River be Dammed: Florida’s Forgotten River”

Construction on the Cross Florida Barge Canal was stopped in 1971 after strong environmental opposition.

In 1995, orders were officially given for removal of the Rodman (now Kirkpatrick) Dam and restoration of the Ocklawaha River. The dam is still in place, impounding more than 15,000 acres of flooded forest and blocking a historic migration path of endangered species.

“River be Dammed” is an exploration into the impact the Kirkpatrick Dam has on the Ocklawaha River and its surrounding lands. We will take an in-depth look at how this impaired system functions and how Florida continues to interact with and shape the river’s future.

Please join us as our guest Matt Keene will provide our members and guests a free showing of this documentary. Matt will also be available for questions and answers after the film.

Matt Keene is an award-winning journalist and record-setting paddler based in St Augustine, Fla. His writing, videography and photography focus on environmental and social issues, particularly those affecting his home state of Florida.

In addition, he has spent more than 13 months in a tent on various long-distance adventures, writing and raising awareness on wild areas, recreational opportunities and water and land conservation. Keene has hiked more than 3,500 miles, paddled more than 2,000, and holds the world record for being the first person to complete Florida’s 1,515-mile-long Circumnavigational Trail.

-Melanie Martin