Lake Apopka Future: Bright or Blight?

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Title

Lake Apopka Future: Bright or Blight?

Alternative Title

Lake Apopka Future

Subject

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

Description

A newspaper article published in The Orlando Sentinel Star discussing the cancellation of an environmental restoration program utilizing a drawdown of Lake Apopka. This program, in development since 1970, was originally estimated to cost between two and four million dollars. These costs had risen to $20 million by 1979, and the program was cancelled by Governor Bob Graham (b. 1936). The article discusses these issues encountered by the project, which would have been the largest lake drawdown ever attempted. The article also discusses statements by State Senators Walter Sims and George Stuart, Jr., who had previously pushed for the project's completion. Sen. Sims and Sen. Stuart state that the sharp increase in the cost of the project is the result of attempts to appease farming communities around the lake who worried about the project's impact for their farms.

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. A drawdown was again sought by a restoration effort organized by state senator Walter Sims, beginning in 1975. This effort sought federal funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to match State funds. This effort was also delayed and projected costs for the project rose sharply through the 1970s. After Sims left the Florida Senate in 1976, political will for a drawdown declined, and Governor Bob Graham (b. 1936) cancelled the project in 1979.

Creator

Campbell, Ramsey

Source

Photocopy of original newspaper article: Campbell, Ramsey. "Lake Apopka Future: Bright or Blight?" The Orlando Sentinel Star, May 7, 1979: binder 1979, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1979-05-07

Date Copyrighted

1979-05-07

Date Issued

1979-05-07

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: Campbell, Ramsey. "Lake Apopka Future: Bright or Blight?" The Orlando Sentinel Star, May 7, 1979.

Is Part Of

Binder 1979, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Friends of Lake Apopka Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

419 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Lake Apopka, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Ramsey Campbell and published by The Orlando Sentinel Star.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Orlando Sentinel 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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