Photo by Joe Cruz photography
Decades ago, 20 springs were submerged by the Rodman/ Kirkpatrick dam. During drawdowns every 3-4 years, a few of those lost springs like Cannon Springs are revealed to show their splendor. Reconnecting the Ocklawaha to Silver Springs and the St. Johns River would bring back these springs, providing fish and manatee habitat while increasing recreational opportunities. See the map of the lost springs of the Ocklawaha here.
By uncovering these lost springs and reducing evaporation off the Rodman Reservoir, the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers would gain more than 150 million gallons a day of water flow. This water flow helps feed the fish and shellfish nurseries of the St. Johns estuaries.
See executive summary at: www.freetheocklawaha.com/project-at-a-glance/