Orlando’s Fatal Attraction

Marsh view.

A quiet view of one of my favorite marshes in Northeast Florida.

Orlando and the rest of Central Florida are looking to Northeast  Florida to quench its thirst for more water. Spurred by uncontrolled development they hope to get millions of gallons from the St. Johns River. The endangered waterway is one of a few rivers that flows north and advocates are warning of dangerous consequences of siphoning off additional water. St. John’s Riverkeeper, an environmental group, stands in opposition to Central Florida’s request. According to the Times Union newspaper, Central Florida wants up to 50 millions a day.

Changes like theses can alter the ecology and adversely affect wildlife. The St. Johns River helps to create estuaries and wetlands that are vital for many Florida wildlife like marsh rabbits, river otters and a variety of migratory birds.

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