Title: Palm River Restoration Pushed
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Title: Palm River Restoration Pushed
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Palm River Restoration Pushed, By Susan M. Green, 2-18-1997
General Note: Box 9, Folder 2 ( SF-Tampa Baypass Canal - 1976-1997 ), Item 7
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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'Palm River rest



Pushed


SUMMARY: Local environmentalists want
to put the birds, fish and crabs back in Palm
River with a restoration project that would in-
cude making the river less deep.
By SUSAN M. GREEN
of The Tampa Tribune -/ 77

TAMPA Human efforts to make the
once-meandering creek known as Palm Riv-
er straighten up and
drain right did more
harm than good, envi-
ronmentalists say, and
now they want to re-
verse the damage.
"Right now, Palm
River has the worst wa- Palm
ter quality of any sys- River
tem in Tampa Bay,"
said Peter Clark, direc- 4
tor of the nonprofit
Tampa BayWatch orga-
nization and a member
of the Palm River Man-
agement Committee.
"It has algae blooms all
year round. ... It's just a
killing field."
The Palm River
committee is expected
to broach a multimil-
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plan for the giver to the Southwest Florida
Water Management District's governing
board, possibly next month.
If ultimately approved, the 3.3-mile pro-
ject would be the largest wetlands restora-
tion effort in the Bay area, Clark said. He
envisions the effort as a small-scale version
of the much-touted 56-mile Kissimmee Riv-
er restoration project near Orlando.
The committee last week got a thumbs-
up from Swiftmud's
Hillsborough River Ba-
sin Board. That board
will recommend that
Swiftmud ask the U.S.
Army Corps of Engi-
neers to do a prelimi-
nary study gauging the
possibility of partially
restoring the river and
its small tributaries.
Clark said the man-
agement committee is
hoping the river sys-
tem, altered in the
1960s, will qualify fqr
money under a federal-
program designed to fix
environmental problems
caused by the corps'
dredging.
Palm River has been
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If approved,
the 3.3-mile
Palm River
restoration
project would
be the most
ambitious in
the Tampa Bay
area on what
some
observers say
is the most
damaged
system flowing
into Tampa
Bay.


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fish kills over the y,
algae blooms and la,
ter.
The river opens
extends east towar
corps dredged, v
straightened the riv
it to the Tampa Byp
the Hillsborough Riu
Clark said the w<
trol flooding and fol
rains in the late 19!
na in 1960.
BayWatch and
tee want to see dr
in the river, chan
from 20 feet to the
feet.
The restoratic
shoreline improve
marshes and tiny
when the river be<
his committee be
could be restored i
flood control.
Dredging robbe
natural ebb and fl
ability to flush out
said. The corps'
unique making
the shoreline de
tle sloping shore
plants to grow, he
The Palm Rive
founded in 1988 a
who lives along the
anti-pollution meas
to fish kills. Beside
mittee includes re
the Hillsborough
mental Protection
Water Department,
da -iepartment o
Protection and Ba3
BayWatch got
years ago, paying f
to oversee the rive
slum on local troul
to include Palm Ri
"This is the
turbed tributary ii
system," Clark s
forget the river
stroyed."
A preliminary
won't cost Swiftrn
Michael Molligan
the water manag
the corps and the
pursue a full-fledgi
and then move o
the district would
in 25 percent of t


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ars, most attributed to
k of oxygen in the wa-

into McKay Bay and
SState Road 60. The
widened and partially
r in the 1960s, linking
ss Canal and ultimately
er.
rk was intended to con-
)wed a period of heavy
Os and Hurricane Don-

ie Palm River commit-
!dged material put back
ling its average depth
more historical 10 to 12

i also would involve
nents and re-creating
tributaries destroyed
ime a canal. Clark said
,eves the river
without hindering

i the river of its
iw and thus its
pollutants, Clark
box cut" tech-
teep cuts along
;troyed the gen-
Sthat allowed
kdded.
committee was
:er Sandy Odor,
iver, pushed for
res in response
Odor, the com-
>resentatives of
countyy Environ-
.ommission and
Swiftmud, Flori-
Environmental
Natch.
involved a few
r a staff position
:, after a sympo-
led waters failed
rer, Clark said.
aost highly dis-
the Tampa Bay
id. "Let us not
that's been de-

:udy by the corps
id anything, said
spokesman for
ment district. If
district decide to
d feasibility study
to construction,
be asked to kick
ie cost.




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