Title: Rodman Thrives Despite Talk
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Title: Rodman Thrives Despite Talk
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: Times Union - 2/25/96
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Rodman Thrives Despite Talk (JDV Box 39)
General Note: Box 29, Folder 10 ( 1996 Water - Miscellaneous - 1996 ), Item 17
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00004955
Volume ID: VID00001
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Rodman thrives despite talk,

By Joe Julavits
Times-Union outdoors editor

In the same week that Florida's attor-
ney general was talking about doing
away with Rodman Reservoir, a fish
survey of the impoundment found it to
be at its healthiest level in nine years.
"The lake looks better right now than
it has since I've been here," said Jim
Estes, a bolo with the Florida
Game and -resh Water Fish Commis-
sion who has been monitoring Rodman
since 1987.
On Feb. 12, Atty. Gen. Bob Butter-
worth issued the opinion that the state
could drain Rodman without further ac-
tion from the Legislature or the Cabi-
net. The state Department of Environ-
mental Protection, which sought the
opinion, wants to drain the reservoir
and restore a portion of the Ocklawaha
River once the necessary permits are
The reservoir, created in the '60s dur-
ing the building of the ill-fated Cross
Florida Barge Canal, has been popular
with fishermen and other recreational
users. Reservoir foes say a restored nat-
ural river is more environmentally
sound. The dispute over whether Rod-
man should be retained or destroyed

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has festered for years.
The recent GFC fish sampling had
nothing to do with the Rodman issue,
but rather was part of an overall study
of fluctuating water levels in lakes.
Rodman is currently in a drawn-down
Estes and a GFC crew used an electro-
shocking boat in their survey and found
large concentrations of bass above Or-
ange Springs in the river channeL In
four hours, they shocked up 213 bass,
including one that weighed 11%
"That four hours didn't take .us but
about 2 miles," Estes said. "They're
good, quality-size fish, and they're fat,
shaped like little footballs."
Estes said he couldn't attribute Rod-
man's present condition to any particu-
lar factor. Outside of occasional partial
drawdowns, the reservoir has not been
managed as a fishery.
Several potential hurdl remain be-
fore Rodman could beirained. The
DEP must obtain federal permits,
which could take more than a year, and
there may be legal challenges after
that. Also, funding to restore the river
must be appropriated, and area legisla-
tors who want to retain Rodman have
indicated that could be a problem.


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