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November / December 2013 Page 3

Reservoir Conditions

by Bob Andry

The area around Orange Springs and between the Ox Bow Bend and Cracker landing is one big salad. Water lettuce is packed in as far as you can see.

here is the view from the hog Valley Ramp.

That is my boat in the picture and I was able to get turned around and get to the channel to take my LakeWatch water samples. The lettuce pack is loose and you can push through around Orange Springs and Hog Valley. This is not the case upstream. The upstream pack is tight and long. There is no pushing through it.

Kenwood and the Rodman Campground ramps are usable and should remain so as long as the lettuce stays where it is. If you decide to put in at the campground ramp, you should stay with the marked channel until you get well into the pool because the hydrilla is pretty thick in the shallows on both sides of the channel.

Rodman 11.00 boat

Of course, the Eureka ramps are usable for access to the riverine and meadows areas upstream.

Water clarity varies from place to place. At Orange Creek it is only one foot, but toward Fort Brook it is six feet. In front of the dam the clarity was down to three feet.

We are in dire need of a volunteer who would be willing to donate one half day a month to take water samples for Lake Watch . He or she could either sample in the Orange Springs area or in front of the dam. No Boat? No Problem! I have an eight foot john boat that weighs about eighty pounds and will fit in the back of a pick up truck or SUV. I will be glad to loan it for as long as it is needed. It would work well for the sample site above the dam because it could be launched at the dam and rowed about a hundred yards to the sample site. My wife and I used it as a dingy with our houseboat. It is great for one person but a little cramped for two. If you would like to help, call Bob Andry at 352-546-5011 or e-mail at andry@rodmanreservoir.com.

There is a new button on the home page of the Save Rodman web site that links to a story about LakeWatch and tells about the DEP’s acceptance of LakeWatch’s data as good data. They will be using LakeWatch data to calculate the maximum daily loading (MDL) requirements of nutrients for Florida’s water bodies. The EPA has placed this MDL requirement on all states.

It might be hard to get around on Rodman right now, but remember that this too shall pass with the coming of cold weather. Also, the extra plants are helping to clean the water. In the meantime, there are still places to enjoy Rodman’ s great environment. It is just a little harder to get to them now.

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