Florida's Rodman Reservoir is a paradise for fishing, wildlife watching, and outdoor recreation in general. It is a diverse ecosystem, with many more species of fish and wildlife living there than in the river above and below it. Its dam saves the St. Johns River from nutrient overload. It will prove invaluable one day as a water supply reservoir for a state with an insatiable thirst.
But none of that matters for the ideologues who want to tear down Rodman. To them, it simply is unnatural, doesn't belong there, and they want it gone.
And now they've found a new angle: Jacksonville wants to dredge the mouth of the St. Johns to accommodate mega-container ships. The St. Johns Riverkeeper threatened to sue to stop the dredging.
As a result, the two have created an unholy alliance with Rodman Reservoir as the sacrificial lamb. In return for the Riverkeeper allowing dredging for the ocean-going ships, the City of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Port Authority, and the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce signed a memorandum of understanding to create “a collaborative framework for the parties to coordinate their efforts and resources to expedite the restoration of the Ocklawaha River by removing/closing impoundments.”
In other words, you help us tear down Rodman and we’ll let your dredge. The collaborators hope to get funding through a line item listing in the state budget.
To learn more and to help the fight to save Rodman, go to Save Rodman Reservoir.