Notice of Public Hearing on Lake Apopka Restoration

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Title

Notice of Public Hearing on Lake Apopka Restoration

Alternative Title

Public Hearing on Lake Apopka

Subject

Lake Apopka (Fla.)
Environmental protection--Florida
Pollution--Florida

Description

A notice of a public hearing to be held by Senator Walter Sims and Senator Kenneth A. Plante (1939-2015) of the Florida Senate. The purpose of the hearing was to collect information and allow for public input into a potential effort for the restoration of Lake Apopka. Sen. Sims organized a committee for restoring Lake Apopka in 1975, focusing on the lake drawdown method for restoring the lake.

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.

Source

Original 1-page typewritten notice, February 21, 1975: binder 1975, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

1975-02-21

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 1-page typewritten notice, February 21, 1975.

Is Part Of

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

Format

image/jpg

Extent

215 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten notice

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Lake Apopka, Florida
Apopka, Florida

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Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Friends of Lake Apopka and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

King, Joshua

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"History of Lake Apopka." St John's River Water Management District. January 28, 2013. Accessed June 5, 2016. http://www.sjrwmd.com/lakeapopka/history.html.
Thomson, Bailey. "The Politics of Saving a Dying Lake." The Orlando Sentinel, November 23, 1986. Accessed July 13, 2016. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1986-11-23/news/0270330262_1_lake-apopka-lakes-of-central-fish.
"Aquatic Plant Management - Water Level Drawdown." Washington Department of Ecology. Accessed July 13, 2016. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/management/drawdown.html.

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