Of canals and droughts
How one canal defies drought

You know it’s dry when …

You can cross a canal without getting wet.

Upper Wagon Wheel Road during drought
Upper Wagon Wheel Road during a deep spring drought

Well, maybe not all canals.

The L-28 Interceptor is a good ten feet deep.

Looking upstream at the Everglades S-190
Looking upstream at the Everglades S-190

But as wet as that looks,

Canal stage is 3 feet below the ground surface the swamp ecosystem it bisects.

Not all gators can make it to the above canal.

Even the borrow ponds they depend on in deep drought are drying up.

Mudhole along Bear Island Grade
What was a pond turned into a mud hole

I know that gators aren’t the most cuddly of creatures,

But they deserve water in the ecosystem which is their home.

Verdict: canals and levees conspire to amplify the severity of seasonal drought.

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