The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Program generously provided the Refuge with a purchase of 1000 tons of lime rock and 600 tons of gravel for our hydrologic restoration project’s low water crossing improvements. Engineering Equipment Operators George Pelt and Jason Coates are coordinating the delivery and staging of this material.
Yes, this will cause some unsightly impacts to select areas. Once the lime rock and gravel have become part of that landscape it will look far less stark. Any aesthetic concerns can be directed to Andrew. (HE WILL SET UP A COMPLAINT BOX BEHIND THE DUMPSTER…)
Staff members from the engineering firm Wood PLC continue to survey our Refuge roads and collate their information with Suwannee River Water Management District rainfall data to determine the options available to improve and restore the natural sheet flow of water across the Refuge. The Suwannee River Water Management District received the funds through the Florida Technical Implementation Group’s (originally Gulf Oil Spill monies that went to the State of Florida) USFWS grant funds for the engineering and design portion of the hydrologic restoration project on the Refuge. We anticipate beginning to analyze the draft restoration options this summer. Our work for these particular grant monies will focus on the Refuge’s public driving roads, not the grass secondary roads.
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