Lake Apopka Grant Expected 'Any Day'

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Lake Apopka Grant Expected 'Any Day'

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Lake Apopka Grant Expected


Lake Apopka (Fla.)
Environmental protection--Florida


An article published in The Orlando Sentinel Star discussing plans for a drawdown of Lake Apopka. The restoration project, coordinated by Senator Walter Sims, is described here as being scheduled to begin in 1977 after approval of federal grant funds. The article also states that three sources of pollution entering the lake, discharge from the Winter Garden sewage treatment plant, Winter Garden Citrus Cooperative, and farms operating on the lake's north shore are all scheduled to be halted by 1977. The article further mentions plans to replace the sewage treatment plant, as well as objections from citrus growers near the lake who fear that a lake drawdown would disrupt the heating effect from the lake and threaten their groves if a freeze were to occur. The article claims the drawdown project is estimated to cost two million dollars.

Lake drawdown is a method of environmental restoration that is used to control erosion and aquatic vegetation. Lake drawdown has also been sought as a potential method to lessen the effects of pollution by exposing the lake bed and allowing bottom sediments to dry, trapping pollutants. Opponents of lake drawdowns cite the impact of polluted water on areas downstream of the area being drained, in cases where the targeted lake is connected to a river system. Citrus growers have also opposed drawdowns on the grounds that draining large lakes makes nearby citrus groves more vulnerable to freezes, as lakes help keep temperatures stable throughout the year.

Drawdowns of Lake Apopka have been sought by restoration efforts dating back to the 1960s, beginning with the Lake Apopka Restoration Project, organized by Governor Claude R. Kirk Jr. (1926-2011) and headed by C.W. Sheffield. These efforts were delayed and no drawdown was performed by the project. Plans for a drawdown continued to be developed, and federal and state efforts to gather funds and perform feasibility studies began in 1970. An experimental drawdown of Lake Apopka was performed in 1971, lowering the lake level by four feet, but was halted after public fears that wildlife deaths in the area were the result of the drawdown. Drawdown plans continued through the 1970s, but were continually delayed and projected costs for the project rose sharply. The project was cancelled by Governor Bob Graham (b. 1936) in 1979.


Carr, Terry


Photocopy of original newspaper article: Carr, Terry. "Lake Apopka Grant Expected 'Any Day'." The Orlando Sentinel Star, November 30, 1975: binder 1975, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

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ca. 1975-11-30

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Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: Carr, Terry. "Lake Apopka Grant Expected 'Any Day'." The Orlando Sentinel Star, November 30, 1975.

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Binder 1975, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Friends of Lake Apopka Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Lake Apopka, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida

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Originally created by Terry Carr and published by The Orlando Sentinel Star.

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Copyright to this resource is held by The Orlando Sentinel and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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King, Joshua

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External Reference

"History of Lake Apopka." St John's River Water Management District. January 28, 2013. Accessed June 5, 2016.
Thomson, Bailey. "The Politics of Saving a Dying Lake." The Orlando Sentinel, November 23, 1986. Accessed July 13, 2016.
"Aquatic Plant Management - Water Level Drawdown." Washington Department of Ecology. Accessed July 13, 2016.