Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
Goal: Remove a dam in Southern Florida that hinders movement of endangered species.
A dam in Southern Florida has restricted the flow of a river as well as endangered species since the 1960’s. The Kirkpatrick Dam was part of a failed Army Corps of Engineers Project, which hoped to cut a ditch across Northern Florida to facilitate barge traffic. Environmentalists fought against the project and the dam for years until Nixon stopped it in 1971. Unfortunately, the dam was already built at that point and has remained ever since.
The project was ultimately shut down because of the negative ecological effects 0f the canal, but the dam was still allowed to remain despite its own harmful effects. The dam now restricts the flow of a river and hinders the flow of many endangered species as well as fish that would normally use the area. The dam costs over $1 million a year to run, and if renovations are performed, it would cost an estimated $2 million.
The removal of dams has been occurring slowly but surely all over the world. In the U.S. alone, almost 900 dams have been removed in the last 25 years. Recently, the removal of a dam in Southern California has led to the total revitalization of the river and the area surrounding it, which is almost always the case. Many dams, especially those like Kirkpatrick, are remnants of an older time and currently, are doing much more harm than good. Sign this petition to close down and remove the Kirkpatrick Dam, and restore the area to its former splendor.
Dear Governor Scott,
The Kirkpatrick Dam is part of a failed federal project from the 1960s that has been negatively effecting the environment in Southern Florida for years. The original plan, which was called off in 1971, was to cut a ditch to facilitate barge travel through the state. It eventually was shut down because of the environmental effects, but the dam was already build and has remained since.
This dam not only restricts the flow of a river, but also the movement of endangered species and over 2o more species of fish. The dam costs more than $1 million a year to keep running, and could need renovation soon which would cost even more. At this point, the dam is doing much more harm than it is good, and should be removed.
Almost 900 dams have already been torn down in the U.S. in the last 25 years. Removing a dam revitalizes an area and the animals that live there. Use your power to demolish the Kirkpatrick Dam, and restore the ecosystem to its former glory.
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