Lake Apopka Work Grant Pushed Back

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Lake Apopka Work Grant Pushed Back

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Lake Apopka Work Grant Pushed Back


Lake Apopka (Fla.)
Environmental protection--Florida


An article published in The Orlando Sentinel discusses a delay in approval for plans for a drawdown of Lake Apopka. The project, being coordinated by Senator Walter Sims, was being funded through a $143,900 federal grant, to be matched by funds from the State of Florida. The article states that approval of the grant funds had been delayed until 1976, but quotes a spokesman for Sen. Sims as stating that the delay would not disrupt the timetable for the lake drawdown.

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 Work Grant Pushed Back'." The Orlando Sentinel Star, December 30, 1975: binder 1975, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

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ca. 1975-12-30

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Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: Carr, Terry. Lake Apopka Work Grant Pushed Back." The Orlando Sentinel Star, December 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.