Author: Paul R. Nosca
Nature blessed the “Real Florida” with some 7000 natural lakes but only about 50 rivers. And very few of those original streams were swift-flowing “spring rivers” such as the Silver-Ocklawaha. Man in Florida with his bulldozers plus other heavy equipment has created many still-water artificial canals, lakes, Disney World, and the high rises of Miami Beach. BUT I can’t seem to think of any man-made rivers that he has constructed ever–except, perhaps, for the Deepwater Horizon oily ugly fiasco! Florida’s gushing springs and spring-fed rivers are REAL priceless gifts from God. And they provide excellent habitat for several species of bass and other desirable fish along with their forage-base.
“Ocklawahaman”, this old “basser”, reckons that it is about time to set things a-right again! The Silver-Ocklawaha, from Silver Springs to the St. Johns, should be restored to 56 stream miles of swift and free-flowing river again. Dams are being removed in many parts of the United States to restore historical spawning runs of striped bass, American shad, catfish, and other migratory fish. Florida is actively proceeding with the restoration of a free-flowing Kissimmee River and removing the man-made C-38 canal segment structures that have been in place there since 1970. The C-38 and the Cross Florida Barge Canal, both, would NEVER have been permitted to be constructed from the 1970′s on; because of precious wetland ecosystem damage.
“Ocklawahaman” almost always uses ARTIFICIAL LURES for “bassing” but prefers to “bass” a REAL river rather than a DAM BACKWATER any day! That’s why I support the Ocklawaha River restoration work of the Putnam County Environmental Council (PCEC). Future generations of Floridians deserve as much of the natural “Real Florida” to still exist as is in our human wisdom to preserve, protect, and restore. FREE THE SILVER-OCKLAWAHA RIVER! Our mission and honorable duty should be to right this “right-able” wrong.
“Ocklawahaman” Paul Nosca