Capt. Karen Chadwick reports that the Kenwood and Orange Springs boat ramps and the river channel south of Orange Creek are still blocked with invasive vegetation. Only airboats can utilize the area and it smells awful. It's time to restore the Ocklawaha and bring back the fishing, boating, and recreation we enjoyed on that river and its many beautiful springs before the dam.
From the Florida Trail Association
Central/South Trail Program Manager, Jenna Taylor, writes:
Florida is home to over 500 invasive species that impact both our waters and lands. The University of Florida is asking for help in tracking these invasive species throughout Florida.
The UF Invasive Species Program focuses on educating the public, collecting data on the spread and impact of invasives, and coordinating efforts for safe and effective removal. They encourage individuals to get involved in the following ways:
1.) Use the IveGot1 app- Developed through a collaborative agreement with the National Parks Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida to report invasives. The aim is to better assess the extent of the infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become a problem. It also allows researchers to seek out outliers, a species popping up where it has never been before, so it can be addressed quickly before further spreading. The app is easy to use and allows a hiker to upload a gps location, description and photo. Hikers may also call 1-888-IveGot.
2.) Get involved with a local IFAS Invasive Program- Every county in Florida hosts a local UF IFAS Extension office where they tackle statewide issues at the local level.
3.) PlayCleanGo- This campaign focuses on reminding hikers and visitors of natural lands to always remember to clean gear,clothing and pets when moving from one location to another to prevent transfer of invasives. Long distance spread can place an invasive into a new environment without natural enemies where the aggressive species can rapidly take over.
As you return to the Trail, keep these simple opportunities in mind to help protect Florida’s native ecosystem. Everyone can play a role in the prevention and eradication of invasive species along the Florida Trail!
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Notice of Submission Pursuant to Section 403.077, F.S., the Department of Environmental Protection has received the following Public Notice of Pollution for a reportable release. All information displayed was submitted by the reporting party.
Incident Information Name of Incident: Treated Effluent Pipeline Leak State Watch Office Case Number: 20203089 Start of Incident: 06/10/2020 19:00 End of Incident: 06/11/2020 06:00
Approximately 7.5-million gallons of treated effluent was released from an underground segment of the discharge pipeline.The effluent overflowed into storm water drains and ditches off of US Highway 17 where it then flow into the floodplain of Rice Creek. It is estimated that the pipeline leak occurred over a 10-hour period. Once discovered, the pipeline was shut down to cease the release. The pipeline will remain out of service until it is repaired.
Incident Location Facility/Installation Name: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Operations LLC Address Line 1: 215 County Road 216 Click to view Incident Location Impacted Counties: Putnam
Incident Reported By Name: Laura Savage Title: Senior Environmental Engineer Phone: (386) 329-0096 E-mail Address:firstname.lastname@example.org
American Rivers named the Ocklawaha River among America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers.
The Ocklawaha was unnecessarily devastated in 1968, when Rodman Dam was built for a canal that, thankfully, was never completed. It still waits to be restored.
Here at the Florida Springs Council we look forward to the day, and we feel certain that that day will come, when the river runs free, the drowned springs shine blue, and manatees, fish, and other wildlife can once again travel freely on their natural paths.
The announcement that this river is on the list of "Top 10 most endangered rivers" may not seem like something to celebrate, but it finally brings national attention to a wrong that has waited over 50 years to be made right. Now it's up to the people of Florida to make it clear that freeing the Ocklawaha needs to happen now.
Join us in supporting the breaching of Rodman Dam to restore life back to theOcklawaha River. The best way to do that is to visit FreeTheOcklawaha.com now and sign up while you're there for email alerts so that you can become a part of this growing movement.
The Legislature has directed that three new massive toll roads be built in what remains of the rural areas of the Florida Peninsula. These unnecessary roads were not requested by state transportation experts and will obliterate natural areas, spread unsustainable sprawl and end small town life.
The 2020 Legislative Session Starts in January. Now is the Time to Get Involved.
Tell our elected leaders not to waste money on three unneeded massive toll roads proposed to be built through the last remaining rural parts of the Florida Peninsula. These toll roads will bring sprawl and further degrade water quality and habitats.
Join us to honor and celebrate the life and work of Roy Robert "Robin" Lewis, III.
Robin was a PCEC officer, board member, and Ocklawaha Committee Chairman for many years and he will be greatly missed, but April 7, 2019, 2-5 PM, we will celebrate his work, his friendship, and his dedication to restoring the Ocklawaha River.
This will be a casual affair in the air-conditioned recreation hall at Gold Head Branch State Park with no formal program. Refreshments will be served. Come and go as you wish and bring your family and friends.
This celebration was organized by Cynthia Sapp, Robin's fiance.
Sandra Kokernoot, a founder of PCEC and the Water Works Committee, has published Wildflowers of the Water Works Environmental Education Center with assistance from Carol MacDonald, member of PCEC and active volunteer at the Water Works EEC. Click on this link to view or download the publication and view a wealth of information about the Water Works EEC: https://www.palatka-fl.gov/246/Palatka-Water-Works. Become a volunteer at this valuable community asset.
5:30 PM Thursday March 15, 2018
Monica Ross of Sea to Shore Alliance will give a presentation on the “Winter Manatee Count in the St. John’s, Ocklawaha and Silver Rivers”. Edgar Johnson Senior Center, 1215 Westover Dr., Palatka, FL 32177. The public is invited.