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A free-flowing Ocklawaha river, connecting Silver Springs and the St. Johns River, will increase the volume and diversity of fish and shellfish all along the river system. By breaching the dam on the west side along the natural riverbed, migratory species that once used the Ocklawaha River and Silver Springs will return. These include the striped bass, Atlantic and short-nosed sturgeon, American eel and the large white and channel catfish that made Silver Springs famous. The docks, boat ramps and facilities at the Rodman Dam would remain.

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