More than ten thousand people participated in the district's survey.
Over 86% say it's time to Breach the Rodman Dam
A huge thank-you to everyone who responded to our call to participate in the district's survey asking for input on the fate of the Ocklawaha River.
Survey results are in: the recent survey conducted by St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) received overwhelming support for breaching the Kirkpatrick Dam (aka Rodman Dam) and restoring the Ocklawaha River.
Over 86.5% of the participants expressed a desire to restore a free-flowing Ocklawaha River when responding to the question – “What would you like to see happen with the Rodman Reservoir and Kirkpatrick Dam moving forward?” Only 5.9% of responses were in favor of retaining the dam and reservoir. (The remaining responses did not reflect a clear pro-restoration or pro-dam and reservoir position.)
The Florida Springs Council proud to lend our expertise and support to "Free the Ocklawaha River Coalition for Everyone" (FORCE), which includes 60 organizations representing thousands of members from across Florida and beyond. Its mission is to restore the Ocklawaha as a free-flowing River, reconnecting the Silver and St. Johns Rivers, and elevating the regional benefits for all.
What's next? The survey results are now available to the Department of Environmental Protection, to the Governor, and to lawmakers in Tallahasee. This upcoming session we will work to secure support from legislators to provide the funding necessary to finally remove the dam, free the Ocklawaha River, and bring back the Lost Springs.