Ocklawaha River | Photo by Doug Eng
Ocklawaha River | Photo by Doug Eng

#9: Ocklawaha River, FL

Threat: Dam

Rodman Dam Continues to Devastate a Unique River

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Ocklawaha River | Photo by John Moran

Ocklawaha River | Photo by John Moran

The Ocklawaha—a unique river of natural springs, abundant fish and manatees—was unnecessarily devastated in 1968, when Rodman Dam was built for a canal that was never completed. For more than 50 years, the river and its fish and wildlife have suffered. Fish are blocked from migration pathways, and the dam has created serious water quality problems. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida can right this wrong. He has already prioritized protecting the state’s waterways, so now he must take the historic step and support the breaching of Rodman Dam to restore life back to the Ocklawaha River.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • St. Johns Riverkeeper
  • A Cruising Down the River
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