Canals and levees

Whenever you see a canal, a levee probably isn’t too far away. In fact, you’re probably standing (or riding) on it. In south Florida, levees and canals are both the backbone of the water management system and increasingly being modified to improve environmental water flows. | Major water bodies | Estuaries and coast | Rivers and creeks | Lakes and ponds | Springs and swallets | Canals and levees | Sky and clouds | Florida’s water districts | Underlying aquifers

Ugliest canal you ever saw
The swamp abhors a straight line

There’s something about this canal …

I’ve never liked.

Who says gators like canals?
This one got thwacked on the head
by a high-speed boat

Maybe it has something to do …

With it cutting off California Slough.

Maybe it has something to do with it …

Stealing water from the adjacent swamp from below.

It’s a tough life
being a cypress dome
right by a canal

The only good news:

Latest word is that this canal may get filled in, at least partially.

That’s better than the status quo.

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Tidbit: The L-28 Interceptor is an arm of the Greater L-28 network of levees, canals and structural controls.

Big Cypress Master Plan?
One hydrologist's view

When it comes to master planning …

Everglades Restoration comes to mind, emphasis on Everglades.

What to do with the Big Cypress?

But what’s about the Big Cypress Swamp? Partly because it was marketed as a “self contained” watershed in the early days of its preservation (i.e. it gets all its water from the sky, so it came gift-wrapped already restored) and partly because it lies outside the traditional boundaries of the U.S. Army Corps and South Florida Water Management District’s Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project and partly because it’s a mysterious place cloaked in a mythology that’s hard to shake, there’s never been a consensus on what should or could be done to get the water right, and why it’s so important for the greater whole.

Until now! In the presentation above, I provide an overview of the Big Cypress Swamp as a sum of its parts and why and where hydrologic restoration may lie ahead.

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Quote: “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” —Henry David Thoreau

Lost art of the morning commute
And why its better than a cup of coffee

The biggest challenge of being an adult …

Is the day in and the day out.

Available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

And probably nothing personifies that more than the commute ride in and out of work each day.  Of course in modern times, the work team has become fractured by the unexpected but now ubiquitous rise of telecommuting.  Pandemic inspired, it seems to have become the “new normal” in many lines of work.  Much like cell phones have taken over the quotidian of what we once called our lives, I wonder what the telecommuting trend will mean for long-term team building in the work place?  As usual, nobody seems to playing to much attention to what may or may not happen, which brings us back full circle to the day in and the day out.  People usually do whatever it takes to get by.

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Unsure: There’s obvious benefits from working from home, but what’s the right balance?


Short history of the L-28
An old powerpoint, but still timely to share

The problem with the L-28 …

You wont’ find it (adequately) described in the history books.

A narrated power point from 2017

That’s where Go Hydrology steps in to fill the void. You can surf the internet all day long and will (mostly) come up dry when it comes to any literature or relevant information on the modern-day boundary between the Everglades and the Big Cypress called the L-28. The reason? To be honest, I don’t know. It’s one of the most misunderstood and greatest barriers to the effort to restore the Everglades and Big Cypress.

Caveat: I’m not saying this presentation is the best. The power point dates back to 2017, and yes, I could have alternatively let it “collect digital dust” on my computer or just posted the “unnarrated” power point. But really what good would either have done? The better solution was to narrate the power point just as I presented it in 2017. It provides a nice history of the mysterious levee, and goes a long way to unraveling why it was built.

Listening to it in review, I probably should have rehearsed it a time or two, but there is no time like the present and really no excuse not to share, especially when it helps fill the void on a perhaps the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp’s most mysterious levee and canal.

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Misconception: “The L-28 is not the natural boundary between the Big Cypress and Everglades, rather a default line.” Bob says

quality of water

Vegetation plume
Fueled by poor water quality

The Everglades are oligotrophic.

The canal below provides a direct connect between agriculturally enriched waters to the heart of the Everglades.

Bad water quality in, looking Northwest

The result is a dense and growing thicket of willow and cattails in the middle of what should be pristine Ridge and Slough.

The solution?

Nutrient plume out, looking Southeast

Filling in the canal and cleaning up the water seems like a good start.

It’s part of a plan gaining multi-stakeholder support.