Fish slough and seven-mile slough study - 1997-08-22

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Fish slough and seven-mile slough study - 1997-08-22
Gray, Paul N.
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Ranchers -- Law and legislation -- Florida
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.) ( lcsh )

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,_ ----1,. ' -N3.tional 2 Page FAX Len Lindahl PO Box727 Jupiter , FL 33468 Audubon Society Ordway-Whitten Kissimmee Prairie Sanctuary 17350 N.W. 203rd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (941) 467-8497 August 22, 1997 Subject--Fish Slough and Seven-mile Slough study Dear Len I talked with Gary Ritter the other day and he indicated you have not gotten the assurances from the SFWMD that you feel you need, before coming to the landowners with recommendations to improve our drainage situation. It has been more than 7 weeks since you first recommended your ideas to the SFWMD and we have the same problem we have had all along, the SFWMD is reluctant to act. We hoped that hiring you would help them, but it hasn't. Before we lose the faith and cooperation of the landowners involved in this study, perhaps we need to try a different approach. The original plan, as I understood it, was to get some short-term fixes in place before the rainy season. Then you would spend more time, and get better numbers, to design a carefully studied solution to the problem. As it has worked out, the rainy season is here and I think it is too late to try the quick fix. For my part, the prairies were dry enough for our Grasshopper Sparrows to breed this year and now that period is past , I have until next breeding season to address the drainage problem. Here is a proposed course of action 1. Call a meeting of the landowners immediately and tell them what you are thinking. This will let them know where their money went, let them know that there is a plan of some sort, let them know the SFWMD does not necessarily support, or oppose the plan yet, and give us a 'vision' to work toward. Maybe we can try a couple of the non-controversial quick fixes. 2. Start working on a detailed plan immediately . The detailed plan will investigate whether your vision--given to us in 1., will be workable. I am prepared to fund a detailed study on the Sanctuary right now. I have a helper who can work with your crews to survey appropriate areas. Both the helper and the


money will run out soon--we need to get started. I think Lonnie Waldron will help too, and I think Lefty Durando will follow. The Park Service is very interested in this study; Barry Burch and his biologist are anxious to participate . Others will help if we show progress. 3. After the more detailed analysis, you will have better numbers to show the SFWMD, and the landowners, and all will know whether they can support, or reject the plans . We will have data to support our actions. I feel strongly that we need to forge ahead now with the more detailed analysis of the problem. We have made no progress to date and this appears the best way to break this log jam. The landowners have become more skeptical of this whole process and I hope this action could bring them back into the loop. Please let me know your thoughts on this. I have copied this letter to many people in the hopes that we can get this study moving again. cc Mike Slayton Terri Bates John Morgan Frank Williamson Norman Brunswig, NAS Sincerely , Paul N. Gray, Ph.D. Manager


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