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Mixed Blessings
Pros (and cons) of watershed label

Tricky True or False:

By being a watershed that receives all (or most) of its water straight from the sky, The Big Cypress has remained protected from and untouched by the drainage works and water management rules that surround it on all sides?

Answer: https://www.gohydrology.org

Hint: Unlike the Everglades to the east that depends on a complex system of water management rules and structures to deliver water downstream, people have traditionally talked about and celebrated the The Big Cypress (see above) as its own separate and rain driven watershed. But how true is it? And is that good or bad?

The answer may surprise you.

Also be sure to check my blog, called the Daily Drip.

Blog: https://www.gohydrology.org/drip

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The day the swamp “clicked”

Have you ever had to look at something …

For a very long time before it clicked?

Historic map of the three major
watersheds of the Big Cypress Basin,
as defined by Klein (1970).

That’s what happened to me with the above map.

It wasn’t until Jack Meeder clued me in to its tie in to (as Jack calls it) “Immokalee Mountain” (i.e. max elevation 42 ft above sea level) and the Caloosahatchee’s Fort Thomson Falls (no longer in existence), that the pivotal role the Big Cypress Swamp played in the pre-drainage Everglades finally snapped into place.

Ft Thompson Falls were located
about 2 miles east of LaBelle and formed
the headwater source of the Caloosahatchee
River, with a 4-10 ft drop.

Sometimes A-HA Moments take time (and a little help!).