Rivers can be rebuilt!

Here’s some more view of Turner River’s headwaters …

Minus the water part.

Can you see the water line from the wet season?
That’s almost three feet deep.

As natural as this scene may seem, it is somewhat artificial – or maybe fabricated is a better term. Turner River was severed from its upstream watershed by the nearby elevated roadbed of Turner River Road and its adjacent canal. That stopped sheetflow from finding the river and sent it south (and to tide) in the canal instead.

The National Park Service has since plugged the canal and added culverts, too.

A natural swamp channel?
I’m actually standing in front of a set of culverts
that somewhat artificially concentrates flow here.

That’s done a good job of sending water back into the river …

Record spring droughts not withstanding!

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