level was low.
Robert Karow, head of the
Southern Hy Power Corp. in
"Gainesville, could not be reached
Recreation project for comment about his company's
plans for the power plant.
Citrus County took a stand
s hd l eI s u against the plant because Withla-
coochee-area residents in Citrus
and Levy counties voiced con-
cerns, said county Planning Direc-
m One dispute after tor Barbara Zimmerman.
another has been But not all residents are
Jnacksonvi e against the plant proposal.
complicating plans for Randy Oehmig, who repre-
turning an old canal into Crsta sents the Lake Rousseau and With-
i Rivy r lacoochee Preservation Associa-
110 miles of park land. Tampa tion, said hydroelectric power is a
Clean, non-polluting energy
By DIANE RADO Cross Florida source. "It didn't offend us in any
Times Staf wrier Barge Canal way," he said.
TALLAHASSEE First it Oehmig said he plans to be in
was the dam. Now it's power Tallahassee Wednesday to present
plants and monkeys. 2,000 signatures of people op-
Controversial issues keep pop- posed to the closing of the Inglis
ping up in the effort to transform Times art Lock, which is part of the Green-
the old Cross Florida Barge Canal The governor and Cabinet ap- way plan. Closing the lock would
into a giant state recreation area. proved prohibiting the generation cut off access to the Gulf of Mexi-
Fred Ayer, assistant executive of power at both ends of the co, Oehmig said.
director of the Canal Authority, Greenway project the Inglis The Greenway legislation mov-
wonders if the vision for the canal Lock at the west end and the Rod- ing through the House also re-
lands has been lost. "I'm just ap- man Reservoir on the east end. quires the state to come up with
palled that we're forgetting about But legislation approved by the with a management plan for rhesus
the Greenway," said Ayer, refer- House Natural Resources Commit- monkeys living on state lands along
ring to the 110-mile project that tee would allow a hydroelectric the Silver River. Controversy
will stretch across Florida and pro- plant at the west end of the proj- arose last year when some
vide recreational activities along ect, at Lake Rousseau and the monkeys were found to have a
the way. lower Withlacoochee River. The virus potentially fatal to humans.
The governor and Cabinet ap- plant, proposed by a Gainesville The governor and Cabinet vot-
proved plans for the project in power company, is opposed by the ed against requiring the manage-
December, and lawmakers are Department of Natural Resources, ment plan.
considering legislation to put the the Southwest Florida Water Man- Animal rights activists have
plans in place. agement District, Citrus County protested the killing of monkeys
But the legislative process has and a group of area residents. and have supported plans to steril-
taken some curious turns. "It's basically a private indus- ize them instead.
The most anticipated contro- try kind of sitting in the middle of a But environmentalists say the
versy was over the Rodman Reser- public park and recreational area," state shouldn't be forced to man-
voir in Putnam County, at the east said Bill Hennessey, Swiftmud's age an exotic species on state
end of the Greenway project. The community affairs director, lands. They also fear that if a
governor and Cabinet sided with Swiftmud also fears that water monkey does hurt someone, out-
environmentalists and approved a management problems could de- rage could lead to "a massive kill"
plan to drain the reservoir and velop if the plant needed a certain of the animals, said David Gluck-
restore the Ocklawaha River to its amount of water when the river man, who represents several envi-
natural state. The Cabinet rejected ronmentalist groups. "This is one
doing more studies before deciding issue where the animal rights peo-
on the issue. ple and the environmentalists are
But House and Senate commit- not on the same side," he said.
tees are .moving in the opposite The Greenway would replace
direction, inserting language in the old Cross Florida Barge Canal
their legislation that would allow project, which was started in 1964
for two more years of study on the to keep ships from having to travel
Rodman issue. around the state. The project was
Two more controversies have stopped in 1971 because of envi-
come up, as well. ronmental concerns.